These images compare ice age, a proxy for ice thickness, in 2007, 2008, 2009, and the 1981–2000 average. 2009 saw an increase in second-year ice over 2008. At the end of summer 2009, 32% of the ice cover was second-year ice and three-year and older ice were 19% of the total ice cover, the lowest in the satellite record.
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Choose your pet carefully and think before buying an exotic animal
Reptiles, birds and fish are often taken from their natural habitats. The black market for exotic pets has devastated entire populations of species, and it is still the fastest growing sector in the pet market.
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