Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Annual Peak, But Falls Far Short of Average

April 3, 2014 12:12 AM

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Arctic sea ice reached its maximum extent for the year on March 21, scientists reported Wednesday, but it did not make up for much of the ground it lost during the past several unusually mild summer melt seasons.

The sea ice cover surrounding the North Pole, which expands and thickens during the northern winter and shrinks and gets thinner during the spring and summer, was only able to grow to the fifth-lowest peak extent on record since satellite data began in 1978, according to the National Snow and Ice Da...

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