A Russian ice breaker is slowly approaching an Alaskan town that has been ICED-IN FOR MONTHS, as you read this:
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The ice that has cut off a remote Alaska town for months will connect it to the world again when crews build a path over it to carry fuel from a Russian tanker that was moored a half-mile from the town's harbor Sunday morning.
Workers were waiting for disturbed ice to freeze again so they could create some sort of roadway across the 2,100 feet from tanker to the harbor in Nome, upon which they'll rest a hose that will transfer 1.3 million gallons of fuel.
A storm prevented Nome's 3,500 residents from getting a fuel delivery by barge in November. Without the tanker delivery, supplies of diesel fuel, gasoline and home heating fuel Nome are expected to run out in March and April, well before a barge delivery again in late May or June.
The tanker began its journey from Russia in mid-December and has slowly made its way toward Nome, stalled by thick ice, strong ocean currents and one Alaska's snowiest winters in memory.
I guess the polar bears (whose population has been GROWING FOR 20+ YEARS, BTW), are going to have plenty of ice to stand around on, after all...