NASA Claims These Photos Prove The World Will End Soon.
Here's a look at sea ice age in 2016.
The bright white has thinned out dramatically. There are still layers of ice there, but they are much younger and thinner, meaning they are less likely to last when the ocean absorbs the sunlight.
Wildlife is the first to feel its effects.
Both terrestrial and marine animals are affected—sea ice is considered a biome in itself—and many are forced to change the way they feed and migrate.
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Arctic amplification affects land ice, and here's why it matters.
When land ice melts, freshwater is added to the oceans. This causes sea levels to rise. Researchers say that the Greenland ice sheet has lost 140 billion tons of ice per year over the past two decades.
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Here's a visualization of the perennial Arctic sea ice from 1980 to 2012.
Watch another animation of older Arctic sea ice disappearing, narrated by Dr. Walt Meier of NASA Goddard.
You can ignore apocalyptic warnings but there are other reasons we should worry, including disruptions in ocean circulation and more heat absorption. For more information, visit the NSIDC website.
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