Arctic sea ice now second-lowest on record
Sea ice extent has fallen below the 2005 minimum, previously the second-lowest extent recorded since the dawn of the satellite era. We will know if the 2008 record will also fall in the next several weeks, when the melt season comes to a close. The bottom line, however, is that the strong negative trend in summertime ice extent characterizing the past decade continues.
On August 27, 2008, at approximately 9:15 am MT, we issued an update with finalized numbers.
For the full announcement, see http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/2008/082608.html.
For current updates on Arctic sea ice, see http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/.
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