NEW YORK (Xinhua) – Researchers have discovered in detail that the Arctic is experiencing the hottest temperatures in 115,000 years, according to new findings published by a recent scientific report.
Published in the scientific journal Nature Communications, the report, entitled ‘Fast Arctic Canada Glaciers Reveals Landscapes Continuously Ice Covered for More than 40,000 Years’, has shown that summers in the Canadian Arctic wilderness have not seen temperatures warm for at least 115,000 years.
To reach that conclusion, researchers studied geographical anomalies and old ice on Canada’s Baffin Island, especially on high-plateau ice caps and deep fjords, according to news website vaaju.com.
Ice caps, unlike glaciers, do not move, and matter lying on the ground is preserved as long as the cap remains in place.
For ages, ice has occupied the plateaus and walls of Baffin Island. In some summers, there would be thaw, but in general low temperatures and snow has kept things at equilibrium.
Now, climate change has upset that equilibrium, causing the Arctic to heat up at twice the rate as the rest of the world.