Saturday, November 19, 2016
Dispersed, emaciated, heat diminished sea ice barely holding together as once upon a time. 1988
of the big lead, a lunar phased tidal break up, it was also the time of the famous ring barrier, a cousin of the big lead, between Northern most Ellesmere and North-Western. 1988 IR picture above was bitter cold white, signifying a normal -30 C or colder. 2016 note day after , November 18,shows the ravages from a warmed planet. The Big Lead does not form because sea ice is extremely de-consolidated. One Japanese North Pole expedition the following year, was on ice, just off Ellesmere, a huge sound was heard by all, like thunder for hours, very scary noise. It was the Big Lead, opening, freezing and closing up again within 2 days. The well equipped expedition shortly thereafter encountered a wall of broken up sea ice shingles, 10 meters above the ice plane, 1 Kilometer wide along the course of the coast for as long as eyes can see. It took them 1 week
to get through the big lead wall, 1 kilometer a week speed. 2016 offers no such icescape.