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Arctic Sea Ice Reaches 2015 Minimum Extent, Fourth Lowest on Record

The analysis by NASA and the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado at Boulder showed the annual minimum extent was 1.70 million square miles (4.41 million square kilometers) on Sept. 11. This year’s minimum is 699,000 square miles (1.81 million square kilometers) lower than the 1981-2010 average.


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Image: The 2015 Arctic sea ice summertime minimum is 699,000 square miles below the 1981-2010 average, shown here as a gold line.


Credits: NASA/Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio


WATCH: NASA | Arctic Sea Ice Reaches 2015 Minimum Extent



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