Pen Hadow Sets Sail for North Pole as Arctic Ice Melts – historic

Pen Hadow Sets Sail for North Pole as Arctic Ice Melts
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Pen Hadow Sets Sail for North Pole as Arctic Ice Melts – waters ‘easier’ to sail through

British explorer Pen Hadow and his crew have set sail from Alaska, in an attempt to become the first people ever to sail to the North Pole.

With Arctic ice melting at an unprecedented rate, previously inaccessible waters are opening up. The access is creating the potential for their planned 5,500 km (3,500 mile) journey be made for the first time in human history.

A team of 10 are on the yacht, the Snow Dragon II, heading for the North Pole. On board is Padow’s pet dog Fukimi who has exceptional skills for keeping a lookout.

The melted ice makes living conditions for wildlife vulnerable.  The wider water routes now allow more ships to sail through the area.  There’s concern it could encourage large vessels to sail through the region creating a more large-scale environmental problem.

Scientific research into fish and animals living in the icy cold waters will be carried out by the team.  Their findings will be essential to help safeguard their survival.

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