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Monday, August 27, 2012

The Age Arctic ice cap shrinks to smallest area ever

The ice cap covering the top of the world is smaller than it has ever been since scientists started to measure it precisely from space.

Satellite data released tonight show that the sea ice floating on the Arctic Ocean has reached a record low, retreating further than it has ever done since detailed records began more than 30 years ago.

The US National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Boulder, Colorado said that the 2007 record was broken yesterday with two or three weeks of the melt season still remaining, suggesting that this year’s sea ice will retreat substantially further than at any time in the satellite era.

The snow and ice centre said that the surface area of the Arctic Ocean covered by floating sea ice fell to 4.10 million square kilometres (1.58m square miles), which was 70,000 square kilometres below the previous record minimum of 4.17 million square kilometres set on 18 September 2007. Read More