Melting Arctic Ice

Rising global temperatures are causing significant amounts of Arctic ice to disappear. Each year, the north and south poles go through periods of building up ice during one season, and losing that ice during another. Scientists have found that the amount of ice disappearing from the Arctic is increasing dramatically.

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  • Arctic sea ice 1984
  • Arctic sea ice 2012

In August and September 2012, sea ice covered less of the Arctic Ocean than at any other time since at least 1979, when the first reliable satellite measurements began.

Source: National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)