A set of recently acquired pictures have revealed the startling development of a new lake in the once frozen North Pole.

Global warming has given rise to occurrences that has caused some serious concerns among environmentalists. If the rapidly melting ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland weren't enough, a new set of pictures obtained by the North Pole Environmental Observatory, reveals that extensive melting in the North Pole has led to the formation of a new lake in the once frozen region. According to experts, this, however, is not the first or the most severe water mass to appear in the northern hemisphere.

 "I have seen much more extensive ponding," principal investigator for the North Pole Environmental Observatory, James Morison, told The Atlantic Wednesday, who said the image is misleading. "Because we use wide-angle lenses, the melt pond looks much bigger than it is.

According to a Live Science report released Tuesday, the lake began appearing after two weeks of warm weather in the arctic region. Temperatures reached up to five degrees higher than average, according to the National Snow & Ice Data Center.

The melting ice caps follow a trend of continually rising temperatures across the globe, and the Northern hemisphere has been particularly affected. Things looked slightly reversed this year after an April's snow cover that was the 9th highest on record. However, May's snow cover ranked the third lowest (dating to 1967), according to The Washington Post.

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