Warmer Ice-Free Conditions

Date: 4/6/2010

The US Geological Survey announced increased evidence that the Arctic could face seasonally ice-free conditions and warmer temperatures in the future. Scientists documented evidence that the Arctic Ocean and Nordic seas were too warm to support summer sea ice during the mid-Pliocene warm period. This period is characterized by warm temperatures similar to those projected for the end of this century and is used as an analog to understand future conditions.

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