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New NASA Images Show Summer Melting In The Arctic Live Shots

Large Summer Ice Loss In The Arctic, With More Melting to Come
New NASA Images Show Melting As Summer Heat Bakes The Arctic

It’s been a summer of record temperatures — and even the world’s coldest places have felt the heat. As the high temperatures bake the Arctic, the Greenland ice sheet is experiencing extreme levels of ice loss. Ice on the sea surrounding the Arctic also continues to retreat.

Chat with NASA scientists on Friday, Sept. 6 from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST to find out how the latest heatwave in Europe may impact the Arctic and how these dramatic changes in the Arctic can affect you.

Arctic ice both on land and sea are melting at a rapid rate, and newer ice isn't sticking around for long. The rising temperatures are causing younger, thinner ice to cover less area than in the past. Since 1980, the Arctic has lost enough sea ice volume to equal all the water in Lake Superior — one of the largest lakes in the world.

NASA is keeping a close eye on the Arctic from the ground, the air, and space to help understand how Arctic temperature change is affecting weather all around the globe. Whether 2019 will set a new record for Arctic ice loss remains to be seen, but it is tracking to be one of the top five lowest in the 40-year satellite record.

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Suggested Questions

1. This summer has been unusually warm around the world, but particularly in the Arctic. What do the latest images show us about this year’s summer in the Arctic?

2. One of the biggest stories this summer was the extreme melting in Greenland. How unusual has this summer been for the glaciers on land?

3. NASA’s newest Earth-observing satellite is measuring the sea ice thickness in the Arctic with unprecedented detail. What surprising things has it already discovered?

4.How do changes in the Arctic impact us when the Arctic is so far away?

5. Where can we learn more?

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Check out this episode of NASA Explorers all about sea ice and why it's important.


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