Arctic sea ice, 1979

Arctic sea ice, 1979

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This image is part of the sequence Environment: Arctic sea ice cover
This image is part of the feature Living On Thin Ice

Credit: NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Arctic sea ice, 1979. Satellite image of the minimum extent of sea ice around the North Pole in 1979. The ice covers much of the eastern coast of Greenland (centre right) and touches the northern coast of eastern Russia (centre left). Global warming since 1979 has greatly reduced the extent of sea ice in the Arctic. See image E205/091 for the situation in 2003. Image E205/128 shows the minimum extent in 2005. Data collected by the Special Sensor Microwave Imager (SSMI) on a Defense Meterological Support Program (DMPS) satellite.

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Keywords: 1900s, 1979, 20th century, arctic, canada, climate change, climatological, climatology, defense meteorological, dmsp, earth observation, environment, from space, global warming, greenland, ice cap, imager, minimum, north pole, polar, satellite image, sea ice, special sensor microwave, ssmi, support program

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