First hole in North Pole ice drilled to study impacts of climate change

A group of Arctic explorers has made the grueling journey to the North Pole and drilled a hole in the ice to take the first ever sample of ocean water at the pole in an effort to better understand the impacts of climate change.

A group of Arctic explorers has made the grueling journey to the North Pole and drilled a hole in the ice to take the first ever sample of ocean water at the pole in an effort to better understand the impacts of climate change.

The explorers, part of a group called the Catlin Arctic Survey, completed the sampling expedition after failing to last year, reported the Guardian.

The team reached the geographic North Pole on May 12 after a 60-day trek across the frigid Arctic ice.

The explorers have been collecting water and marine life samples from beneath the floating sea ice during their expedition in an effort to understand how the acidification of the ocean — caused by the same accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that is behind the planet’s warming — is impacting the polar environment.

Ocean acidification occurs as the ocean absorbs excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which makes the ocean more acidic and threatens organisms that have shells and skeletons made from certain minerals that dissolve in more acidic conditions, such as corals.

Andrea Thompson – LiveScience, FOX NEWS .com, 13 May 2010. Full article.

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