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Scientists have announced that the of ice covering the Arctic Ocean has to an all-time low record. What’s more, they say the ice could disappear in future summers. The area of ice recorded on August 26 covered just over four million kilometres, which is 70,000 square kilometres less than the previous in 2007. Experts said that record was a one- and would not be repeated. However, conditions have changed quickly. The USA’s National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) said: “The ice is now just so thin and weak in the springtime that large of it can’t survive the season…It’s almost like parts of the Arctic have become a slushee at this time of year.”

Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean grows in winter and melts in summer. The amount of sea ice melting in the summer has increased in the past few decades. Environmentalists this to global warming. The NSIDC said the six lowest periods of sea-ice cover have now in the last six years. It said more melting means there is less ice to the sun’s heat, which means the ocean gets warmer. This year’s ice cover was consistent with 2007 until July, after which it started disappearing at a faster . Meteorologists say a strong in early August could have broken up the thinner, ice, making it melt faster.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
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