Lake North Pole

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Lake North Pole
The North Pool
Coordinates 85°N 5°W / 85°N 5°W / 85; -5Coordinates: 85°N 5°W / 85°N 5°W / 85; -5[1]
Average depth Approx. 40 cm (16 in)
Frozen Annually
Islands None

Lake North Pole, also known as The North Pool, is a small, shallow lake near the North Pole, and is currently the northernmost lake in the world. It came into existence in 2002, occurring each year, then freezing over in the winter.[2]

The lake, which is approximately one foot deep, is composed almost entirely[1] of fresh water melted from the ice beneath.[3]

A web camera is stationed beside the lake to monitor changes. It was built by the Polar Science Center.[1]

On July 26, 2013, the depth was estimated to be approximately 40 cm.[1]

Members of the scientific community are not alarmed by such bodies of water, stating that they occur widely, and often refer to them as "melt ponds".[1][4]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "NPEO Web Cameras". Retrieved 2013-07-29. 
  2. ^ "Melting Ice Forms Lake at North Pole, researchers worried". Austrian Tribune. Retrieved 2013-07-29. 
  3. ^ "Ice Near the North Pole Has Melted. Again. - Eric Levenson". The Atlantic Wire. 2013-07-24. Retrieved 2013-07-29. 
  4. ^ July 27, 2013. "Debunker: New lake on North Pole sea ice? Not really.". Alaska Dispatch. Retrieved 2013-07-29. 

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