The internet is flooded with various satellite images of polar ice sheets as seen during the years 2001 and 2007. However, recently large areas of ice free water are forming huge waves in the Arctic Ocean, as stated by a recent study published in Geophysical Research Letters.
According to the reports of Morning Mix today, 16 feet swells were recorded in Arctic Ocean in the year 2012 during the times of peak waves. The largest waves rose up to 29 feet. Similar waves are now not only capable to rise once again due to the ice melting process in Arctic sea, but these waves are now also capable to cause the melting of sea ice.
Moreover, the consequences to an ice free Arctic will not let the humans to operate in North Pole region at all. The weather in this region is already not very suitable for human actions and if there’s existence of massive waves, there will be nothing left in the area, but severe hazardous conditions.
The extent of sea ice is rapidly decreasing this summer. As stated by the National Snow and Ice Data Center, “during the second half of June, sea ice extent loss was the second fastest in the satellite data record.”