Unprecedented Lack of Refreeze Across Arctic as Ice Continues to Melt

The Extinction Chronicles

Arctic sea ice off the coast of Svalbard, Norway. (Photo: Courtesy Christopher Michel on Flickr under (CC BY 2.0))
Ice extent across the Arctic Ocean reached its annual minimum about two weeks ago. At this point ice would normally be forming rapidly, especially in the center of the Arctic Ocean. However, ice coverage in the Central Arctic Basin, the largest part of the Arctic Ocean comprising around 4.5 million square kilometers, continues to decline puzzling climate scientists.

Ice extent across the Arctic Ocean reached its annual minimum about two weeks ago. At this point ice would normally be forming rapidly, especially in the center of the Arctic Ocean. However, ice coverage in the Central Arctic Basin, the largest part of the Arctic Ocean comprising around 4.5 million square kilometers…

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