Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Minimum Extent for 2014

Arctic sea ice acts as an air conditioner for the planet, reflecting energy from the sun.

On September 17, the Arctic ice cover reached its minimum extent for 2014.

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Arctic sea ice hit its annual minimum on Sept. 17, 2014. The red line in this image shows the 1981-2010 average minimum extent. Data provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency GCOM-W1 satellite.
Image Credit: NASA/Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio

The northern ice cap is melting and ice coverage continued its below-average trend this year. At 1.94 million square miles (5.02 million square kilometers), it’s the sixth lowest extent of the satellite record. With warmer temperatures and thinner, less resilient ice, the Arctic ocean ice is on a downward trend. Data from NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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