Antarctic Sea-Ice Coverage Continues Breaking Records
Sea-ice coverage grew about 43,500 square miles per day in Antarctica this summer, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSDC). April 2014 beat the previous sea-ice coverage record from April 2008 by a whopping 124,000 square miles.
In fact, Antarctic sea ice coverage hit 3.5 million square miles in April— the largest on record.
One-hundred-and-twenty-four-thousand miles! That’s bigger than Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maryland combined, with enough room left over for an additional 184 Manhattans.
And it’s not over. “Record levels continue to be set in early May,” reports the NSDC. Sea ice levels have been “significantly above” satellite data averages for 16 consecutive months.
If a chunk of ice the size of Manhattan breaks off of a glacier, the worldwide media wrings its collective hands. But if sea-ice coverage grows by the size of seven states plus 184 Manhattans, you hear nary a word.
I wonder why that is?
Thanks to Jason Cragg for this link