Maximum Arctic ice extent tied for record low •

Maximum Arctic ice extent tied for record low


Maximum Arctic ice extent tied for record low Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Goddard describes the maximum extent of sea ice in the Arctic for 2021, which tied for the seventh-lowest extent on record. 

This year’s maximum extent peaked at 5.70 million square miles, which is 340,000 square miles below the 1981 to 2010 average maximum. 

As of August 17, sea ice extent stood at 5.77 million square kilometers (2.23 million square miles), The tracking and data is from the last six years, as well as 2011, 2012, and 2007. Sea ice loss stalled between August 8 and 11 before picking up the pace again. There is a huge decrease in the ice and water population in the arctic causing a lot of harm on the wildlife as well.

Therefore the overall decline in total ice extent has slowed, the ice cover is becoming more diffuse within the northern Chukchi Sea and the western Beaufort Sea. Further reductions are likely in that region. Also the  Ice motion during the first week of August pushed sea ice in the Beaufort Sea southwards, and ice within the Chukchi Sea moved towards the East Siberian Sea.

Video Credit: NASA Goddard 

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

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