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    Time-Lapse Video of This Year's Record-Breaking Ice Melt in the Arctic

    September 18, 2012; 2:16 PM ET

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has just released a time-lapse video showing the dramatic loss of sea ice this year in the Arctic.

    The video shows daily sea ice concentration data from a satellite sensor taken between Jan. 1 and Sept. 14, 2012. The black area underneath is the daily average (median) sea ice extent over the 1979-2000 time period.

    Video courtesy of You Tube.....

    As you can see, the rapid melting begins in July then levels off in September. It looks like we are very close to the annual sea ice minimum based on the latest NSIDC data. We just have to wait for the NSIDC to confirm it.

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