Antarctic Sea Ice Growth Does Not Negate Climate Change, Scientists Say

September 2, 2014 10:53 PM

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Antarctic Sea Ice Growth Does Not Negate Climate Change, Scientists Say

In the blue half-light of the Antarctic autumn, a thin film spreads across the continent’s coastal waters. It’s an embryonic form of sea ice: a mush of microscopic crystals that floats on the dense, salty water of the Southern Ocean.

As winter takes root, this proto-sea ice grows thicker and stronger until it encircles Antarctica in a vast frozen ring. The ice spans nearly 7 million square miles at its peak, an area roughly twice the size of the United States.

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