Will the Arctic Become a Temperate Zone?

Sea ice has been shrinking in the Arctic (although that trend has reversed in the last couple of years) while ice has been expanding in the Antarctic. But here is a dramatic prediction for the Arctic region:

This article [headlined “Indications Arctic May Become Temperate Zone,” with subheading “Ice Fields Disappear”] predicts a long term dramatic change may be possible in the Arctic, describing “unheard of temperatures reported in the Arctic zone”. Further, reports indicate “great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones” indicating glacier retreat. The report goes on to say that “At many points, well known glaciers have entirely disappeared” and “Everywhere, rocks are exposed that never before have been touched by the sun’s rays, and some large snow fields presumably everlasting, have disappeared entirely.”

All indications are that the Arctic is undergoing and irreversible change.

The article begins:

The Arctic ocean is warming up, and icebergs are growing scarcer in some places, the seals finding the waters too hot…

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Well, it should. This kind of hysteria has been going on for a long time. The article is from the Anchorage Daily Times, November 2, 1922. Click to enlarge:

Screen Shot 2015-05-16 at 7.54.12 PM