Arctic Waves – a poem by Kate Rauner

Beaufort Sea ice in 1949

Beaufort Sea ice in 1949

Once sheltered underneath the ice,
Once shaded from the sun,
Once frozen most of the year,
Now melting has begun.
Surging swells in Beaufort Sea,
Now open water much the year,
On Yukon shore, at Prudhoe Bay,
Speaks of a change severe.
We’ll live to see who will adapt,
React to changes here,
Who will win and who will lose
And who will disappear.

“The fact that researchers have now measured swells of more than 16 feet in the Arctic’s Beaufort Sea, just north of Alaska, is a bit of a stunner. Swells of that size, researchers say, have the potential to break up Arctic ice even faster than the melt underway there for decades thanks to rapid global warming.” Washington Post

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