11 Sep '11, 12am

Area covered by Arctic sea ice hits lowest point since 1972: Scientists

Area covered by Arctic sea ice hits lowest point since 1972: Scientists

The area covered by Arctic sea ice reached its lowest point this week since the start of satellite observations in 1972, German researchers announced on Saturday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS PARIS (AFP) - The area covered by Arctic sea ice reached its lowest point this week since the start of satellite observations in 1972, German researchers announced on Saturday. 'On September 8, the extent of the Arctic sea ice was 4.240 million sq km. This is a new historic minimum,' said Georg Heygster, head of the Physical Analysis of Remote Sensing Images unit at the University of Bremen's Institute of Environmental Physics. The new mark is about half-a-per cent under his team's measurements of the previous record, which occurred on September 16, 2007, he said. According to the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), the record set on that date was 4.1 million sq km. The discrepancy, Mr...

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