Go Northwest, young man!

The latest round of news about polar ice melting being a lot faster than any models have expected — new satellite data from the ESA. What’s exciting about this one is that they show that the Northwest Passage, a fabled sea route from Europe to Asia via the northern coast of Canada that would shortcut both the Panama Canal and the much longer Cape Route, which explorers searched for in vain from the 15th century to the 20th, is for the first time in recorded history navigable by sea traffic from one end to the other.

Let the gold rush begin.

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Published in: on September 15, 2007 at 19:04  Comments (6)  
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  1. I bet our ancestors never considered that the eventual “discovery” of the Northwest Passage could ever be a *bad* thing.

  2. I bet our ancestors never considered that the eventual “discovery” of the Northwest Passage could ever be a *bad* thing.

  3. I think this falls into the category of “be careful what you wish for.” Or possibly YAFIYGI.

  4. I think this falls into the category of “be careful what you wish for.” Or possibly YAFIYGI.

  5. Problems are just opportunities in disguise.
    Or some totally inappropriate motivational slogan. I’ve been on a redeye all night, so the above seems almost plausible.

  6. Problems are just opportunities in disguise.
    Or some totally inappropriate motivational slogan. I’ve been on a redeye all night, so the above seems almost plausible.


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