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Antarctica Breaks Record for Most Sea Ice Ever Recorded

  • Doug Horn , Design & Trend Staff Writer
  • Sep, 19, 2014, 12:33 PM
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Antarctica has set a sea ice record, which is odd considering the rising global temperature. Scientists have said global warming is actually the reason for the increase.

The sea ice hit the record for the third straight year with weeks to spare. Sea ice in the Arctic is shrinking at the other end of the globe, which is a contributor to the Antarctic's increase.

The southern hemisphere is known to warm more slowly than the northern hemisphere. Another contributor to the record increase in Antarctic sea ice is a melt-off from the mainland and subsequent freezing winds.

The maximum winter sea ice in Antarctica has been growing at a rate of 1.5% per decade since 1979, according to CS Monitor.

Jan Lieser of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Center said,"By 2100 we will see dramatic reductions," she said. "Once it goes belly-up it's not good for the rest of the world."

According to University Herald, "Warming at a faster rate, the northern hemisphere is experiencing the opposite end of the spectrum and the NSIDC reported the Arctic ice cap shrank to a summertime minimum of 1.96 million square miles. The figure is the sixth lowest since 1979."

"In the short term, it seems like there hasn't been much ice loss in the past couple of years, but I think it's still very much within the long-term trend of declining sea ice," Axel Schweiger, chairman of the University of Washington's Polar Science Center in Seattle, said. "One shouldn't necessarily expect every year to be a record low.

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