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Catlin Arctic Survey

I thought some people here might be interested in this. There is an on-foot expedition to the North Pole happening in about a month. It will be the first time explorers will take a ground-based radar system with them to measure the ice melt. Since all data now comes from satellites, the estimates for the first ice-free arctic summer range from 5 to 100 years. Pretty vague because the satellites can't tell ice from snow.

Hopefully, this expedition will reveal how bad the damage really is. But the cool part is how the scientists are involving everyone else. You will be able to track their progress on a map and daily log, watch video broadcasts that they will be sending back every day to their base in England and even monitor their vitals transmitted by the medical gear they will be wearing.

You can see the preparation and expedition count down on their website:

I think it will be very interesting and I'm crossing my fingers that the numbers they end up with will be closer to the 100-year mark.
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