Arctic Sea Ice Reached Lowest Ever Level In May

Posted: Jun 8 2016, 4:31am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 9 2016, 10:41pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Arctic Sea Ice Reach Lowest Ever Level in May
The image above shows a May 21, 2016 view of Arctic sea ice in the Beaufort Sea from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensor. Credit: Land Atmosphere Near-Real Time Capability for EOS (LANCE) System, NASA/GSFC
  • Arctic Ice to Reach Fourth-Lowest Level in 50 Years

If the scientists’ models are correct, Arctic ice is to reach its lowest levels in its entire history.

It has been a very hot and sultry year. 2016 broke all previous temprature records. The sea ice in the Arctic has melted like never before and it is still in the process of being turned into its liquid form.

The previous month of May was when the lowest sea ice levels were extant in the Arctic. The marginal difference was very large. By the time the summer season reaches its peak of high heat and sweltering temperature, the Arctic ice will be at its lowest possible level. 

The area of the ocean around the Arctic region is covered with 15% sea ice. The record low levels reached in May have never been reached before, according to NSIDC via Climatecentral. What to say of the months yet to come when the heat will be greater than usual.

Never before in history has such a thing happened. Yet it is happening right before our eyes right here, right now. The last time such a record level of heat was recorded was in June of 2012. Even that record will be beaten this time around. 

Things can go from bad to worse. The ice turning to water with such rapidity is a sure sign of trouble ahead. The coastal waters will rise thanks to this scheme of things.

Another problem is the multiyear ice. This will also be melting – which is a first – and so the cooling of the waterways in the future will be a moot point. Part of this trend in weather patterns may have been let loose by El Nino.

The Arctic for now is indeed on tenterhooks. This shrinkage in ice is something which if not stopped in the nick of time will engulf the world in its clutches. 

The Arctic ice cap has had a lump of land mass composed of ice shed from its base. This is about the size of the state of Texas. The times sure are a-changing, as they say.

The problem is that all this progress of industrial civilization has brought environmental pollution, resource depletion and nuclear fallout as its trio of unresolved issues.

Their solution is not easy at all. With global warming becoming a serious riddle that we cannot give an answer to, it seems that we will need more than a miracle to deliver us from this conundrum we find ourselves stuck in.

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