Antarctica has dropped to its second-lowest on record
Sea ice cowl in continent has born to its second-lowest on record, Australian authorities aforementioned on Friday, adding that it absolutely was not nonetheless clear what was driving the reduction when many years of record-highs.
The report came as scientists aforementioned earlier in the week that the Arctic region was seeing record high temperatures, with ocean ice covering the littlest space in winter since records began over half-a-century a gone.
The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) aforementioned the newest satellite information showed a complete two.15 million sq. kilometers encompassing the icy continent throughout rock bottom purpose in February throughout the summer season.
The minimum record was set in March last year, once a season reading of two.07 million sq. kilometers was recorded, the AAD, that manages Australia’s Antarctic programmed, said.
Last year conjointly saw close to record-lows for the winter most ocean ice cowl, at 18.05 million sq. kilometers.
“Since August 2016, the ocean ice coverage has been chase well below the semi permanent average,” Bureau of Meteorology Antarctic someone Phil Thomas Reid aforementioned in a very statement.
“In 2017, the season most ocean ice extent was the second-lowest on record at eighteen.05 million sq. kilometers following closely on the heels of serial record highs in 2012, 2013 and 2014.” philosopher aforesaid the variations were a “significant departure” from the general increasing trend in Antarctic ocean ice of regarding one.7 per cent every decade since 1979.