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.
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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.