Arctic Sea Ice

Arctic Sea Ice Coverage Growing

Up to 60 percent

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About a million more square miles of ocean are covered in ice in 2013 than in 2012, a whopping 60 percent increase—and a dramatic deviation from predictions of an "ice-free Arctic in 2013," the Daily Mail noted.

Arctic sea ice averaged 2.35 million square miles in August 2013, as compared to the low point of 1.32 million square miles recorded on Sept. 16, 2012, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. A chart published Sept. 8 by NSIDC shows the dramatic rise this year, putting total ice cover within two standard deviations of the 30-year average.

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