Video: Warming opens famed Northwest Passage to navigation

By Curious

Beneath the Aurora Borealis an oil tanker glides through the night past the Coast Guard icebreaker Amundsen and vanishes into the maze of shoals and straits of the Northwest Passage, navigating waters that for millennia were frozen over this time of year.

Warming opens famed Northwest Passage to navigation

Warming has forced a retreat of the polar ice cap, opening up a sea route through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans for several months of the year.

Commander Alain Lacerte is at the helm as the vessel navigates the Queen Maud Gulf, poring over charts that date from the 1950s and making course corrections with the help of GPS.

Source: green4sea.com