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Climate change has taken a short break in the Arctic this summer, leaving Silent Sound to sail through some heavy ice as we steer her for home before winter sets in.

Early predictions that 2009 would be another big melt are being proven wrong. Ice conditions have been heavier this summer than they were in 2007 and 2008.

Along with a slower melt, the disappearance of large amounts of first year ice in seasons past makes it easier for older ice to move south, clogging up the straits and waterways that make up the Northwest Passage. Read full article »

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