There is no doubt about it. Our polar ice caps are melting. It does not matter if this is a natural phenomenon, the result of mankind or the effects from the sun’s solar output. It can be termed Global Warming or Climate Change, but the fact remains that our ice caps are melting away.
A broader look at our Solar System indicates that all of the planets are showing an increase in temperature. This may be because our solar system is a binary system, meaning we have two suns, not one. This second sun may have burnt out and is still cooling like charcoal in a barbecue. In this case, the second sun would be a brown dwarf. If our sun and our known planets orbit this brown dwarf, and if ancient text logs are correct that this other sun has a 26,000 year orbit. Then we are on the cusp of this close approach and could be the reason for planetary warming.
So it could be an infinite number of reasons why our ice is melting, but the fact remains that we don’t know the reasons why and it makes these investigative trips worth its weight in gold as we need the knowledge in order to prepare. There is scientific proof that our ice caps have melted away and reappeared many times before, but what we don’t know is how these changes affected the inhabitants of the planet. That is what we need to find out.
Regardless. The photo is cool.
The terrain for the scientific work conducted by ICESCAPE scientists on July 4, 2010, was Arctic sea ice and melt ponds in the Chukchi Sea. The five-week field mission was dedicated to sampling the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of the ocean and sea ice. Impacts of Climate change on the Eco-Systems and Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment, or ICESCPE Mission, is a multi-year NASA shipborne project. The bulk of the research will take place in the Beaufort and Chukchi Sea’s in summer of 2010 and fall of 2011.
Image Credit: NASA/Kathryn Hansen