Limits to technology at the limit of the world

05/14/2009 | BBC

An Arctic expedition to determine whether new technology could be used to gauge the thickness of Arctic ice revealed Arctic ice is more vulnerable to melting than previously thought. The harsh environment -- exacerbated by an unexpected chill that saw temperatures plummet to minus 90 degrees -- prevented researchers from implementing a new radar and data-transmission system before the summer breakup of the ice. The expedition collected some 16,000 measurements.

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