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NASA time-lapse photography of the Arctic Circle:

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Submitted by lambert on

Drilling for oil under what used to be the polar ice cap.

Plus the Northwest Passage!

I say, let's invade Canada. Their way of life is inimical to ours, and besides, we need the water.

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Submitted by [Please enter a... (not verified) on

The polar caps there pretty much melt away to nothing (or at most little pinpoints, visually anyway) over their respective seasons of insolation. Of course it helps that the Mars year is twice as long as ours...

Speaking of which, shouldn't that be "time lapse of the Arctic Circle this summer?

I wonder if anybody has put together a set of these from earlier years. Data ought to be available going back, what, 40 years since we've had satellites with photo capability in polar orbit? If we don't I know the Russians do; they use high-inclination orbits much more than we do. Used to anyway back when I kept up with such things.

That video doesn't look like time-lapse photography at all. While the shading changes a bit, we never see polar night, which is very dark. Maybe, then, the pictures were taken at spring and fall, but the path of the camera suggests otherwise. Furthermore, I think the point of view is too far away to be from a satellite, but I'm not sure about that one.

What this really is, as far as I can tell, is a rendering of the data, probably from 1979 (when they first started the polar orbit satellites, I think). And do you know what this means?

GLOBAL WARMING! YAAAAAY! If we assume that the Earth really looks/looked like the images, then we need to be racist about it. We need to like white. Because as pretty as the green and the blue might be, white reflects sunlight back into space, whereas blue and green absorb it into the Earth and make it warmer. The disappearing white messes with the energy balances and screws us all over. YAAAAAY! Death, death, and destruction!