Filed under: Climate science
Arctic sea ice melted quickly in April, leading researchers at the National Snow and Ice Data Center to forecast that the Arctic may have more open water this coming September than ever.
After reaching an historic minimum last September, polar sea ice bounced back over a cold winter. Now much of the cover is composed of thin first-year ice, which disappears more than twice as fast in the spring melt as thicker, denser second-year ice.
Full details are available at the NSIDC website.
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