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Beneath the Aurora Borealis an oil tanker glides through the night past the Coast Guard icebreaker Amundsen and vanishes into the maze of shoals and straits of the Northwest Passage, navigating waters that for millennia were frozen over this time of year.Warming has forced a retreat of the polar ice cap, opening up a sea route through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans for several months of the year.The Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen was the first to cross the Northwest Passage, on board the Gj?a, in an expedition that took three years, finishing in 1906 .Afterward interest in the waterway waned. Almost 112 years ago to the day, the explorer Amundsen got stuck in the pack ice here.The previous year saw average global temperatures rise 1 degree Celsius – but by 3 degrees in the Arctic.What most worries Provost is the loss of "multiyear ice," formed over centuries.
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