Northwest Passage: still impassable

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Some reference views to help you get your bearings, here is what the area would be like if “ice free” as some folks are predicting to happen this summer:

im·pass·a·ble [im-pas-uh-buhl]

1. not passable; not allowing passage over, through, along, etc.: Heavy snow made the roads impassable.

2. unable to be surmounted: an impassable obstacle to further negotiations.

There has been a lot of hype this year citing data which is suggesting that we’ll be able to navigate the Northwest Passage and some even so bold as to suggest a completely ice free Arctic Sea. You could say: “A picture is always worth 1000 data points.”

I’d say “impassable” fits this picture pretty well: