Arctic Ocean Faces Decreasing Ice

New research from the Catlin Arctic Survey and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) suggests that the Arctic Ocean will be mostly ice-free in the summer within ten years.  Within twenty years the study predicts ice will be completely gone from the Arctic Ocean in warm months.  The survey focused on the Beaufort Sea and found almost no old ice; instead, first year ice was almost exclusively discovered.  First year ice is thinner and is less likely to be able to survive the summer melt.  For more information on this study, see CNN.

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