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Thickest Pack Ice in Memory in Iceland


4 Feb 07 - Thick pack ice, the like of which has not been seen for decades, stretched into the western fjords as temperatures plummeted and a bitter wind blew in from Greenland.

"I have lived here my whole life, but I have never seen so much pack ice before," said Helgi Árnason, a farmer in Dyrafjördur.

"Forty years ago, large icebergs drifted on to beaches but it was nothing compared with this.

"[Pack ice] used to be Iceland's ancient enemy, but we stay calm so long as the situation doesn't worsen. This is just to remind us where we live."

Climate change scientists say that with temperatures rising, the pack ice may have melted completely by 2040, leaving the Arctic ocean navigable and the polar bears with nowhere to go.

Last week's return of the pack ice initially suggested that those predictions might have been overly pessimistic.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/02/04/wbears04.xml
Thanks to both Michael Jenkins and Gill Gay for this link.

 

 

          

               

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