Oh yeah the Artic only melts when MAN is driving cars all over.... yeah right... how about back in time?
Roald Amundsen, a Norwegian explorer, successfully navigated the Northwest Passage on August 26, 1905. (Meaning that this Passage was clear enough of ice for a wooden sailboat, with a crew of seven, to successfully navigate it more than 100 years ago.)
This Passage was also conquered several times in the 1940s. The St. Roch - built for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Force to serve as a supply ship - navigated the Northwest Passage in 1942, the second ship to make the passage, and the first to travel the passage from west to east. In 1944, St. Roch returned to Vancouver via the more northerly route of the Northwest Passage, making her run in 86 days. The epic voyages of St. Roch demonstrated Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic during the difficult wartime years, and extended Canadian control over its vast northern territories.
"When you consider that serious monitoring of Arctic ice levels only started in 1972, and that explorers successfully navigated these seas in relatively archaic ships 60 and 100 years ago, how can anybody honestly claim that today's conditions in this region are in any way unprecedented, historic, or grim?
The whole Story from Newsbusters