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Arctic ice melting faster than anticipated


Arctic ice appears to be melting 50% faster than originally thought (courtesy: Admiral Harley D. Nygr/NOAA)
Arctic ice appears to be melting 50% faster than originally thought (courtesy: Admiral Harley D. Nygr/NOAA)

Staff writers

August 13, 2012 — New data released by the European Space Agency suggests that Arctic ice is melting much faster than originally thought.

Scientists warn that the Arctic ocean could eventually be ice-free during the summer (courtesy: Dr. Pablo Clemente-Colon/National Ice Center/NOAA)
Scientists warn that the Arctic ocean could eventually be ice-free during the summer (courtesy: Dr. Pablo Clemente-Colon/National Ice Center/NOAA)

Information taken from the CryoSat-2 probe suggests that Arctic ice is thinning 50% faster than scientists had originally predicted.

ESA's data, which was compared with NASA and submarine records, found that 900 cubic kilometres of summer ice has vanished from the Arctic ocean in the past twelve months.

If the analysis is correct, scientists warn that the entire region could eventually be ice-free in the summer.

The cause of the dramatic decline is unknown, but climate change has been suggested.

Researchers warn that the disappearance of Arctic ice could have a drastic effect on ocean temperatures and wildlife.


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