Arctic Ocean Getting Warm; Seals Vanish And Icebergs Melt

“The Arctic ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the waters too hot, ac- cording to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consul Ifft, at Bergen , Norway .

“Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers, he declared, all point to a radical change in climatic conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone. Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met with as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes. Soundings to a depth of 3.100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm.

“Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared. Very few seals and no white fish are being found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts, which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds. “

This article appeared in The Washington Post in November, 1922



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