2016 Minimum Sea Ice Extent

September 14, 2016
By Amélie Bouchat

On September 10th 2016, the Arctic sea ice reached its minimum extent, with 4.14 million square kilometers, tying 2016 and 2007 for the second lowest minimum extent since 1979. Extensive open-water areas were notably observed in the Beaufort, Chukchi, Laptev and East Siberian Seas. The lowest Arctic sea ice extent recorded since 1979 occurred in 2012, with 3.39 million square kilometers.

For more information: http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/2016/09/2016-ties-with-2007-for-second-lowest-arctic-sea-ice-minimum/

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