Diary 22 – 07/04/22 – Polar Route Expedition

Exploring the Arctic via the legendary Northwest Passage (NWP)

Beto Pandiani and Igor Bely embark on a 100-day journey sailing along a legendary sea route: the Northwest Passage.

Located in the far north of the Americas, above the Polar Circle, the Passage is an area of straits that has been frozen for centuries.

This scenario, however, has changed in the last 25 years, with the thaw in the region and the opening of previously insurmountable paths.

Leaving Alaska for the Greenland Sea, Beto and Igor want to understand to what extent this transformation has been caused by man and to what extent it is the action of nature.

Filmed by Tocha Filmes and accompanied by a team of specialists from USP, the trip will give rise to a documentary about climate change in the Arctic and its eventual effect on the rest of the planet.

It’s the Polar Route expedition

Website: www.rotapolar.com.br

Diary 22 – 07/04/22

A summer night.

We woke up around 7 am and soon realized that the wind has circled around, and it brought a mist. We no longer see the ice or the two Tuktoyaktuk Pingos.

Do you know what’s a Pingo?

Pingos are isolated conical mounds whose core is made of ice. The word comes from the Inuvialuk dialect of the Inuit languages and means small hill.

The Pingos are formed when lakes dry up in permafrost regions. When it freezes, the water on the lake floor increases, pushing up a lot of earth.

The largest Pingo in the world is located in Canada, near Tuktoyaktuk, on the west coast of the Canadian Arctic, measuring about 50 m in height and 300 m in circumference.

As the land is low here, you can see the Pingos from afar.

We came back with headwinds and heat. Knowing that we were going to have another difficult day, we chose to go back because the weather is changing. Phew, a day’s refreshment. Then the heat returns.

We anchored glued to the pier and then left for the mission, to buy a mosquito net. I didn’t find it, but I bought a mosquito suit and built two screens to place at the entrance to the mini cabin. We can’t fit the two of them together on the side on hot days, because whoever stays away from the door gets hot. The way is to sleep with your feet out.

Now it’s 10:20 pm, it’s very hot and there are speedboats passing by here, causing ripples that make Igloo jump. Nightmares of a summer night! The North wind is about to enter bringing a much desired chill.

We take advantage of these days to take a bucket bath. The water is very cold, but delicious. Remembering that here inside the bay the water is fresh because it comes from the Mackenzie River.

We had news just now about the ice and in fact everyone says the same thing. It’s an unusual year. They thought it would be a year with little ice because it took a while to freeze, but now it’s taking a while to thaw.

Here the Inuit say that it is not possible to make predictions of ice as it can come from many directions.

Good night, good morning to you..

Beto Pandiani

Author of the featured photo: Polar Route Expedition – Beto Pandiani and Igor Bely

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