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Sea Ice Retreat in the Beaufort Sea [image] #NASA

View Image Comparison View Both Images As the summer solstice approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, long hours of sunlight warm the Arctic and melt snow and sea ice. Sea ice retreat in June is typical, but the first half of June 2012 brought unusually rapid ice loss, the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) reported on June 19. One area of rapid ice retreat was the Beaufort Sea, north of Alaska. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite collected these images on May 13, 2012 (top), and June 16, 2012 (bottom). By mid-June, the open-water area off the coast had expanded substantially and snow had melted on land. The rapid melt north of Alaska was part of a larger phenomenon. Sea ice across the entire Arctic reached record-low levels for this time of year, NSIDC stated, slightly below the previous record set in June 2010. It was...

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