Arctic sea ice continues a trend of shrinking maximum extents

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Published on: April 2, 2018

NASA Climate Change / 23 March 2018

Arctic sea ice reached its annual maximum extent on March 17, according to analysis by NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center. The 2018 extent reached 5.59 million square miles, only about 23,000 square miles larger than the lowest maximum on record, in 2017. This continues a trend of shrinking sea ice, with the four lowest Arctic sea ice maximum extents on record in the last four years.