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Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Lowest Extent for the Year, Surpassed in Melt only by 2007

According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, the Arctic ice has melted to its greatest extent and, as winter creeps in, is beginning to refreeze. As the following graph from the NSIDC shows, the extent of Arctic ice this year is far below the average for years past, and the amount of open water in the Arctic this year is only surpassed by that in 2007 for recorded history:

Arctic Sea Ice Extent Graph from the NSIDC, September 2008

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