“It’s scary!” Coldest Arctic Ice Breaks Up for First Time On Record

“It’s scary! I cannot tell how long this open water patch will remain open, but even if it closes in a few days from now, the harm will be done: the thick old sea ice will have been pushed away from the Arctic coast to an area where it will melt more easily.” – Thomas Laverne, Ph.D., Norwegian Meteorological Institute, Oslo, Norway

This photograph by Nick Cobbing at Greenpeace shows the thinning and breaking up of the Arctic sea ice has reached even the coldest parts of the Arctic in 2018 for the first time on record.
This photograph by Nick Cobbing at Greenpeace shows the thinning and breaking up of the Arctic sea ice has reached even the coldest parts of the Arctic in 2018 for the first time on record. Waters north of Greenland that are normally frozen, even in Northern Hemisphere summer, are warming and opening.


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