The 2007 minimum sea-ice extent

Figure Created 12 Nov 2009 Published 12 Nov 2009 Last modified 10 Nov 2017
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Note: The extent of the summer sea ice in September 2007 reached a historical minimum, 39 % below the climatic average for the first two decades of satellite observations (red line)


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The weather conditions that summer were dominated by clear skies. Continuous warm winds blew the ice towards the coast of Canada-Greenland and out into the north-east Atlantic, where it melted.

Geographical coverage: Arctic and the north pole

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