12 Sep '11, 3pm

Record-low sea ice extent was reached in Arctic Ocean this summer #arctic #melting

12 Sep 2011: Record-low Sea Ice Extent Was Reached in Arctic Ocean This Summer European scientists say the extent of Arctic sea ice melt this summer reached a level not observed since satellite tracking began in 1972 and is probably at its lowest level in at least 8,000 years . In an analysis of Click to enlarge University of Bremen Arctic sea ice extent, September 2011 satellite data, researchers at the University of Bremen in Germany calculated that sea ice covered an area of about 4.24 million square kilometers on Sept. 8. The previous summer minimum occurred in September 2007, when ice covered about 4.27 million square kilometers. While Arctic sea ice melts and refreezes annually, the rate of melt is now twice as great as in 1972, according to the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). The NSIDC is expected to release its own data on sea ice extent in the next...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/record-low_sea_ice_extent_was...

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