Arctic ice minimum extent, 2008

Arctic ice minimum extent, 2008

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This image is part of the sequence Environment: Arctic sea ice cover

Credit: NASA/GSFC/SCIENTIFIC VISUALIZATION STUDIO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Arctic ice minimum extent, 2008. Satellite image showing the Arctic polar ice cap (upper centre) and Northwest Passage (centre), which connects the Pacific (left) and Atlantic (right) oceans through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. This was the second lowest ice coverage after 2007's record minimum, where the sea ice had receded so much that it opened the Northwest Passage. Image produced using observations by the SSMI (Special Sensor Microwave Imager) instrument on the US Air Force's Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) on 14th September 2008.

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