Warming eases Northwest Passage author says
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Excerpt: European explorers spent centuries searching for a passage through the ice at the top of the world. The Northwest Passage, a shortcut to Asia, proved elusive until about 100 years ago, when Norway’s Roald Amundsen completed a three-year journey.
These days, thanks to global warming and a receding ice cover, the voyage is easier to complete, says explorer James Delgado, author of Across the Top of the World.
In 2000, with a decidedly smaller, modern craft — an aluminum catamaran — it took Delgado’s team just six weeks to go through the Northwest Passage.
“A lot of people thought we’d be crushed like a beer can in the ice,” he says. “But no, the Northwest Passage has had its fangs pulled.”