Ice is us: Alaska Natives face the demise of the Arctic ice pack
Like Leavitt, Brower remembers when it was normal for the sea ice here to stick around well into the summer and build up from year to year.
“In the ’70s, you had multiyear ice, all the way up to the 1980s,” he said. “And to me, that’s a vivid memory, because that’s when I was very active as a young person.
“And then from the ’80s to the ’90s, another era of change in the ice. And then from the ’90s to today, a much more accelerated pace, because the retreat is so extensive. You would see probably retreats in the ’70s [of] maybe 15, 20 miles. But today, you’re looking at a retreat of ice for hundreds of miles.”