Sea Ice Ends Year at Same Level as 1979 - Fastest rate of change on record

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Sea Ice Ends Year at Same Level as 1979
Fastest rate of change on record  

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1 Jan 09 – Thanks to a rapid rebound in recent months, global sea ice levels now equal those seen 29 years ago, at the end of 1979.

        Thirty years of sea ice data. The record begins at 1979, the year satellite
        observations began  (Source: Arctic Research Center, University of Illinois)

Ice levels had been tracking lower throughout much of 2008, but rapidly recovered in the last quarter. In fact, the rate of increase from September onward is the fastest rate of change on record, either upwards or downwards.

Earlier this year, predictions were rife that the North Pole could melt entirely in 2008. Instead, the Arctic ice saw a substantial recovery.

See entire article:
http://www.dailytech.com/Article.aspx?newsid=13834
Thanks to John Zielinski and Kevin Koffenberger for this link
 

 



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