Record-low 2016 Antarctic sea ice due to ‘perfect storm’ of tropical, polar conditions

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09/08/2017 09:13 PM EDT

sea ice extent around Antarctica graph

The sudden, unexpected nosedive in Antarctic sea ice last year was due to a unique one-two punch from atmospheric conditions both in the tropical Pacific Ocean and around the South Pole.

Full story at http://www.washington.edu/news/2017/08/31/record-low-2016-antarctic-sea-ice-due-to-perfect-storm-of-tropical-polar-conditions/

Source
University of Washington

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