melting glaciers

Alycia Ashburn 9-07-2012
Melting icebergs, Denis Kichatof / Shutterstock.com

Melting icebergs, Denis Kichatof / Shutterstock.com

The melting of sea ice during summer in the Arctic is part a natural cycle, but the rate at which the sea ice is currently melting is unprecedented, as illustrated in today‚Äôs BBC News.  

"Norwegian researchers report that the sea ice is becoming significantly thinner and more vulnerable.

Last month, the annual thaw of the region's floating ice reached the lowest level since satellite monitoring began, more than 30 years ago.

It is thought the scale of the decline may even affect Europe's weather."

 

 

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