The National Ice and Snow Data Center has released its measurements of the extent of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean through the end of August. The area of the Arctic Ocean covered with ice is at its second-lowest point since measurements began (last year was the record):
The rate of sea ice loss during the month of August 2008 hit a record. If August’s rate of continues, we’ll see a record low Arctic ice extent this year:
Regardless of whether it will be a record low or very near a record low, we’re talking about a very low extent of sea ice compared to the average of measurements made by the Center.
Click through to the National Snow and Ice Data Center to learn more.