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May 17, 2008 / calebdresser

Polar Flight

From above, the issue is black and white: black water, white ice. Looking south, the pack ice explodes with light – I quickly don sunglasses. Through the polarized lenses, pressure ridges and cracks in the ice pop out and dance in my vision. The pack reminds me of a raw egg tapped on someone’s head – an impossibly thin, fragile frosting of white webbed with leaky cracks, and a sticky situation to boot. Looking north, a long black lead of open water perhaps a mile in width snakes off toward the pole. I must admit to twinges of disappointment when I first saw it – the map said we were closer to the north pole than to any land, and it’s barely summer. There it was, though – black water in a place of white ice.

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  1. Amy Freitag / May 17 2008 7:29 pm

    It’s amazing you got to fly over the pole… though I suppose you’ll be on the other side of the world so you could practically choose any way to get there πŸ™‚ Though, as you’ve seen, even in the vast remoteness of the north pole, there’s help needed and work to be done… people kayaked across the open water in 2005 and in a few years there will be no more ice at all to speak of. It’s just a reminder that retreating to the north as a response to the pressures of global warming is not really an option; if anything, northern peoples are facing the brunt of the problem as their version of ‘normal’ shifts faster than anywhere else on the globe. But enough of my ranting; you have your own little part of the world to save and it happens to be the most populous.
    Good luck in research and travels and may you come back with whatever insight you desire and some you never anticipated πŸ™‚

  2. Becky / May 18 2008 11:30 pm

    Hey now, maybe the black water in place of white ice is incorrect. PERHAPS it was a large pool of (flying) reindeer poop. OR maybe a large oil sea has been discovered by America and the government is keeping it secret for now. Then again, it could be global warming at work 😦 . Wow, Caleb, that’s so cool that you went that close to the North Pole!

  3. Margaret McCandless / May 19 2008 1:06 am

    George guessed your Polar route, using the nice old globe here at home. It is great to read your blog.
    Tree Planting Day was frost-free, and not polarizing, today in fair weather at Dresser Tree Farm. We all missed you, of course. The new post-hole digger, run off the tractor’s PTO, makes planting far easier. We are pondering food crops to grow amidst the rows where trees still are small. Tell us your thoughts.

  4. calebdresser / May 19 2008 9:27 am

    yay! people remember i exist! hope you’re doing well and are not perspiring at the rate i am… unless of course you have a really good reason to!

    as far as buttercupthorpe crops go, lowbush blueberries like acidic soils… and we can mow over them!

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