Mapping the Melting Arctic

Posted on October 10, 2012

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Just how much of the Arctic’s sea ice has melted away in the last few decades?  Thanks to a new interactive map released by NASA, we can see how much the Arctic ecosystem has changed.  DaVinci Business Graphics takes a look at the melting Arctic.

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NASA recently released some shocking news: Arctic sea ice has reached its lowest level in history.  This year, sea ice levels dropped to 3.41 million square kilometers, which shattered the old record of 4.17 million square kilometers—set in 2007.

Image via earthobservatory.nasa.gov

A Startling Picture of the Not-So-Frozen North

NASA’s new sea ice map compares the Arctic’s sea ice coverage from 1984 to 2012.  They chose 1984 for the comparison because sea ice coverage that year was roughly 6.7 million square kilometers, which was the average minimum extent between 1979 and 2000.  Click here to see the interactive map.  

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What Will an Ice-Free Arctic Summer Look Like?

If this trend continues, scientists believe that the Arctic will be ice-free during the summer season within the next decade.  Though the effects of an ice-free Arctic aren’t fully understood yet, scientists believe that the results could be as simple as minor local climate changes, or as disastrous as an overall increase in global temperatures and radiation levels.

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Using a map to show the size and scope of the sea ice problem is a great way to educate the population and create awareness.  If you’re looking for a map of the Arctic or anywhere in the world, contact DaVinci Business Graphics.  We carry over 200,000 wall maps from the top map publishers, and also create custom maps of any area.

Contact DaVinci Business Graphics today.  We can help you find the map that’s just right for you

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