Are you that special person who - weary from trudging the endless superhighways - just longs to camp next to a glorious oasis of the mind? Do you desire to explore new frontiers, splash in shared ideas, fill your belly with the refreshing fruits of inspiration, and bask in the gentle rays of fond reflection?
Well, you can fuck right off. This, my friends, is not that place. This place is... The ShadowLands.
In 2008, some scientists declared it a 50/50 bet that the Arctic would be ice free that Summer. Turned out they were wrong by about 5 million square kilometres.
Once again in 2009, predictions of an ice free Summer at the north Pole appear to have been exaggerated, with even the alarmists conceding it is unlikely to reach a record low. In fact, if the current trend line continues, it would appear likely there may be more ice (at least, in area) covering the Arctic than in 2008.
In other words - if the amount of ice likely to be at the North Pole at the highest point of Summer was a country, it would rank seventh in the world, somewhere between the size of India and Australia. It would in fact be enough to cover all of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and South Australia combined...