Arctic Waves? Massive Swells in Once Frozen Arctic Ocean

July 30, 2014 4:06 PM

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Waves typically seen off the coast of Hawaii are now impacting parts of the Arctic Ocean. The findings have stunned researchers as the water across the Arctic Ocean is ice-covered most of the time. Imagine the surprise when researchers measured waves of more than 16 feet in the Arctic’s Beaufort Sea, just to the north of Alaska.

It looks like ice has a new enemy besides global warming. Researchers say these massive waves could potentially break up ice quicker than ice-melt.

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