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Visualizing Ice

5th lowest Arctic sea ice on record

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Thursday, April 4, 2013/Categories: natural history, environment, climate change

Arctic ice cover data gathered between fall 2012 thru winter 2013 has been visualized in a NASA video. The animated data has exposed the extent of ice cover as one of the lowest since ice records began being kept.

Joey Comiso, a senior researcher at the Goddard Space Institute said: "The Arctic region is in darkness during winter and the predominant type of radiation is infrared, which is associated with greenhouse warming. A decline in the sea ice cover in winter is a manifestation of the effect of the increasing greenhouse gases on sea ice."

It was once said that "a picture is worth 1000 words". Visualizing data is like writing an entire book.


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