Arctic Sea Ice Thinning Faster Than Previously Thought

March 5, 2015 3:33 PM

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It's no surprise that Arctic sea ice is thinning, however, a new study shows that the rate at which it's disappearing is much faster and steadier than scientists previously thought.

The results, published in the journal The Cryosphere, show that ice in the central Arctic Ocean thinned a stunning 65 percent between 1975 and 2012 - that's a drop from 11.7 feet (3.59 meters) to 4.1 feet (1.25 m).

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