London: In what was once an impossible task, six British adventurers defied all odds to reach the North Pole on a row boat.
With this achievement they became the first ever to reach the magnetic north end of the world.
It took them 28-days rowing 450 miles to set the record. Their journey started off from Resolution Bay in Canada and ended right inside the area full of floes and lumps.
Reports reveal that they had to drag their boat for the last three miles due to difficult conditions.
Team leader Jock Wishart said that the achievement was more than they had thought of.
The flipside of this achievement is the fact that there have been tremendous changes in the climate. Global warming has made the Artic ice sheet retreat miles.
The break-up of the Arctic ice during summer is now so extensive that it has opened up the region to the possibility of oil and gas exploration. Some scientists believe the impact of global warming on the region is so extreme that the Arctic could be largely free of ice by the end of summer as soon as 2030.
There is evidence that in the last 20 years alone average temperatures in the Arctic have risen by at least 1C, making the winters shorter and lengthening summertime.
During the expedition the team, comprising of Wishart, Mark Delstanche, Billy Gammon, Rob Sleep, David Mans and Mark Beaumont, took several scientific measurements to help researchers assess just how quickly the Arctic is breaking up.