Undergraduate Geography student Joshua See
surveys the shifting terrain on Melville Island
caused by this summer’s record heat.
Credit: Scott Lamoureux
With ice specialists struggling to make sense of the record meltdown of the Arctic cap, other scientist have reported exceptionally hot weather and drought in polar field studies.
Resarchers from Queens University were stunned by high temperatures when they returned to Melville island in the Canadian High Arctic.
“Everything has changed dramatically in the watershed we observed,” reports Geography professor Scott Lamoureux, the leader of an International Polar Year project, said in an online story released last week by the university. “It’s something we’d envisioned for the future – but to see it happening now is quite remarkable.”
Temperatures soared to 68 °F in a place that normally averaged about 40 °F during July.
And then the land began to slip and flow, like goo.