For centuries, explorers sought the Northwest Passage in order to circumnavigate the globe, but never found it. Any possible ship passage wthrough the continent of North America was blocked by heavy sheets of ice.

Today, it was announced that the ice in the northwest sector of North America has melted back to such an extent during this period of worldwide warming trends that a true Northwest Passage has been opened.

This was reported today by the European Space Agency, which revealed that 200 satellite photos taken in September show an ice-free passage in northern Canada, Alaska, and Greenland. Such photos have been logged since 1978, and current ice formation is at its all time nadir.

This development may open shipping lanes through North America and allow bypass of the Panama Canal to save time and dollars.

View a selection of these satellite images at http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMYTC13J6F_index_1.html

Further information is located at http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070915/ap_on_sc/northwest_passage_9;_ylt=Ag8uRkkgPEZOFNxWE1voIZoE1vAI

 

 

 

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