16 Sep '11, 7am

Arctic ice at second lowest level since 1979: US report

Arctic ice at second lowest level since 1979: US report

The frozen Arctic has shrunk to its second lowest level since satellites began measuring it in 1979, capping a decade of 'rapidly decreasing summer sea ice,' United States scientists said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON (AFP) - The frozen Arctic has shrunk to its second lowest level since satellites began measuring it in 1979, capping a decade of 'rapidly decreasing summer sea ice,' United States scientists said on Friday. The Colorado-based National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) said the ice cap appeared to have reached its lowest level for the summer, at 4.33 million sq km (1.67 million square miles) on Sept 9. That is the second lowest level since the centre began tracking the ice mass by satellite more than 30 years ago, with the lowest level recorded in 2007. The NSIDC cautioned that the measurement was based on preliminary results and that changing winds could push ...

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