Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Another Record Low

  • Released Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:47PM
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On March 7, 2017, Arctic sea ice reached its annual wintertime maximum extent, according to scientists at the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and NASA. The Arctic sea ice extent set a record low after a warm winter.

Combining the Arctic and Antarctic numbers shows that the planet’s global sea ice levels on Feb. 13 were at their lowest point since satellites began to continuously measure sea ice in 1979.

Arctic sea ice reached its annual maximum extent on March 7, 2017, setting a record low for the third year in a row.

Arctic sea ice reached its annual maximum extent on March 7, 2017, setting a record low for the third year in a row.

Antarctic sea ice reached its annual minimum extent on March 3, 2017.

Antarctic sea ice reached its annual minimum extent on March 3, 2017.



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