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Have you spent the past decade believing that Canada is nothing more than the friendly, innocuous country north of the US? Good — that’s what they wanted you to think. In reality, Canada has given the past 10 years of its life and $US200 million dollars in taxpayer money to file the ultimate claim: 2.6 million square kilometres of Arctic seafloor that, yes, includes the North Pole.
If you think these images from the North Pole look more like a lake than the snow-covered expanse you’d expect, that’s because it is — the North Pole has melted. April saw the ninth heaviest snow cover on record measured in the Arctic, covering the Pole in more of the white stuff than it’s seen in a long ol’ time. But by May temperatures increased and almost half the cover melted.
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