- Hi All, We ve been headed for this for months. Now it s finally arrived: http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/arctic.sea.ice.interactive.html Today sMessage 1 of 1 , Aug 20, 2012View SourceHi All,
We've been headed for this for months. Now it's finally arrived:
Today's reported Arctic ice cover is lower than ever before recorded, marking the most extreme ice loss in six consecutive summers of severe (and unprecedented) ice loss: 2.87746 million square km. It ought to be around 5 million.
The worst of this is that the annual ice minimum usually occurs a month from today, so there is still a month of likely melt to come. The rate of melting drops off along about now, but it typically continues until the equinox.
I have no real idea what this means for us all, but I'm sure it's not good.
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