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2009-09-19 07:20:00

This summer's melt of Arctic sea ice might not have been quite as bad as the past two years, but satellite images reveal that it has now had the third biggest melt in 30 years, according to U.S. government scientists. The announcement was made on Thursday by the National Snow and Ice Data Center, which reported that the Arctic sea ice pack had reached its yearly minimum just last Saturday. It will not begin to grow again until fall begins. As of last Saturday, the sea ice only covered...

2008-03-18 18:05:00

Arctic sea ice that re-formed after last summer's melt should be seen as an illusion rather than a new hope, according to Walter Meier of the National Snow and Ice Data Center.By glancing at a satellite image of the area, one could easily assume that the ice is making a comeback. Meier said the ice became more vulnerable after being melted and frozen."What's going on underneath the surface is really the key thing," Meier said. Having formed since September, more than 70 percent of the sea ice...