Arctic Ocean may open to regular shipping by 2017

Sea Ice Concentration


  • What do you know about the Arctic and the Antarctic? Where are they and what kind of climate do they have? What lives there? What danger are these two areas facing?
  • Take a look at this projected map of the world if the Arctic and Antarctic ice melts. What are the most striking changes to the world? Will your country be affected?

In a group, try to think of how the world will be different if the ice melts. What consequences and problems will the world face if this happens? Consider that many of the areas that will be under water are currently home to many very large cities.


First, check the following vocabulary:

  • intercontinental
  • hazards
  • plying
  • oceanographic
  • stunned
  • insulated
  • transits
  • resource extraction

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