Instagram: Arctic Sea Ice Minimum 2014

  • Released Monday, September 22nd, 2014
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:50PM

Sea ice acts as an air conditioner for the planet, reflecting energy from the Sun. On September 17, the Arctic sea ice reached its minimum extent for 2014. At 1.94 million square miles (5.02 million square kilometers), it’s the sixth lowest extent of the satellite record. With warmer temperatures and thinner, less resilient ice, the Arctic sea ice is on a downward trend.



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