Fresh Paint
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Oil Slicks Found to Keep Seals Young, Supple...
Always a silver lining
BARROW, Alaska - Rapidly melting ice on Alaska's Arctic is opening up a new navigable ocean in the extreme north, allowing oil tankers, fishing vessels and even cruise ships to venture into a realm once trolled mostly by indigenous hunters.

The Coast Guard expects so much traffic that it opened two temporary stations on the nation's northernmost waters, anticipating the day when an ocean the size of the contiguous United States could be ice-free for most of the summer.

And now good night. Has been an exhausting day.

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