Arctic sea ice melted to 2nd smallest level in nearly 40 years, reaching low point Sept 10: https://t.co/ko8MlRh92c https://t.co/YeQIp2jay5— NASA (@NASA)1473962993.0
This year's minimum is approximately one million square miles less than the 1979 to 2000 average.
"What this year shows us is that we're primed for much greater ice losses in the near future," Ted Scambos, lead scientist with National Snow and Ice Data Center, said.
National Snow and Ice Data Center Director Mark Serreze said he wouldn't be surprised if the Arctic were "essentially ice free" by 2030.
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