Publication Date March 28, 2016

Arctic sea ice level at record low in 2016

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Sea ice coverage in the Arctic region hit its lowest annual maximum amount on record this year, researchers announced Monday.

Sea ice extent — the “cap of frozen seawater floating on top of the Arctic Ocean,” as NASA describes it — averaged 14.52 million square kilometers on March 24, the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and NASA reported