Arctic Ice Melt Shatters All Records
The ice in the Arctic is melting far faster than any scientists predicted.
The ice is melting in the Arctic so much faster than predicted that scientists are astounded. Yesterday, August 27, 2012 the extent of the ice cover fell below its previous record low set in September, 2007. The Arctic is losing its frozen sea at the rate of 29,000 square miles every day. That is an area equal to the size of the state of South Carolina - lost completely during each 24 hour period.
"It doesn't matter how the winds blow"
What is particularly alarming to scientists is that the 2007 record was set during near perfect conditions for ice melt, but that this year the conditions were far from perfect. Nevertheless, even that could not stop the acceleration of the melt. According to National Snow and Ice Data Center Director Mark Serreze, "The ice is so thin and weak now, it doesn't matter how the winds blow."
The last six years, from 2007 through this year, have seen the lowest ice extent on record, according to satellite data. NSIDC scientist Walt Meier said "The Arctic used to be dominated by multi-year ice, or ice that stayed around for several years. Now it's becoming more of a seasonal ice cover and large areas are now prone to melting out in summer."
The graph shows it all
The graph above is self-explanatory, as it graphically demonstrates the increased acceleration of the ice melt over the past several years. The solid blue line shows the rate of melt in 2012.
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