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US icebreaker reaches North Pole

A US Coast Guard photo obtained January 14, 2012 shows the US Coast Guard Cutter Healy as it breaks ice in the Nome HarborA US Coast Guard icebreaker has carved its way to the North Pole, becoming the first American surface ship to get to the top of the world by itself, officials said Tuesday. The US Coast Guard Cutter Healy, which is based in Seattle, arrived at the Pole on September 5, the Coast Guard said in a statement. “As the Arctic region continues to open up to development, the data gathered on board Healy during this cruise will become ever more essential to understanding how the scientific processes of the Arctic work, and how to most responsibly exercise stewardship over the region,” the Coast Guard said in a statement.

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