Arctic Route

Travel Time, two posts back, had it about right. Regulatory confidence in Boeing’s abilities to fly on two jet engines over the pole produced this flight path for us on Tuesday/Wednesday. The flight was Air China CA818 Dulles to Beijing, fourteen hours in a Boeing 777.

Never having seen Hudson Bay in mid-April, I’m here to testify that there’s not a thing down there, no sign of Churchill and polar bears, just icy patches with streams to the bay and snow fields beyond.

Washington Dulles to Beijing was followed by Beijing to HCMC where everybody is wilting after several 97 degree days.

In Iceland There Are Glacier Monitors

Nice story here about the glacier monitors in Iceland. Often it’s a family business.

The Icelandic Families Tracking Climate Change With Measuring Tape, volunteers who have been monitoring glaciers for generations are firsthand witnesses to a warming Arctic landscape, by Gloria Dickie.

More Iceland photos here at EarthPhotos.com.

Barentsburg: Russian Svalbard

Nice article at ArcticToday.com about a new push for tourism to replace coal mining in Barentsburg, the Russian city on Svalbard, at 78 degrees north latitude.

Here are two excerpts from Out in the Cold about visiting Svalbard for the March, 2015 total solar eclipse.

Photo from the Svalbard Gallery at EarthPhotos.com.

Quotes: On Sea Ice

“Back in the early 1980s, the (Arctic) sea ice in September typically covered an area somewhat less than the size of the contiguous United States. Now it is much, much smaller – we have lost an area equivalent to all of the states east of the Mississippi, plus the Dakotas and Nebraska.”

– From an interview with Mark Serreze at FiveBookscom.