Figure 1.1. Satellite view of the Arctic ice coverage. On 15 August 2007, the area covered by the Arctic ice sheet reached its lowest ever recorded value of 5.31 million square kilometers. The thinning and reduction in size of the Arctic ice fields has been accelerating over recent decades as a consequence of global warming. It is predicted that by 2100 there may be no Arctic ice at all. Image courtesy of the Japanese Space Agency.
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