March 17th, 2009 | Published in Google Earth
About two weeks ago, a team of explorers was dropped off in the Arctic, ready to embark on a 100 day journey across 1000 kilometers of disintegrating and shifting sea ice. They're traveling on foot, hauling sledges in temperatures ranging from 0ºC down to -50°C, and conducting scientific experiments as they go.
Why would anyone do this? The team of experienced polar explorers and photographers - Pen Hadow, Ann Daniels, and Martin Hartley - are leading the Catlin Arctic Survey, which seeks to resolve one of the most important environmental questions of our time: how long will the Arctic Ocean's sea ice cover remain a permanent feature of our planet? (For their sake, we hope it's at least 100 days!)