Sea ice near Alaska was at lowest level since at least 1850

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Sea ice near Alaska was at lowest level since at least 1850

Post by evilconempire » Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:58 pm

Doyle Rice, USA TODAY

The Arctic had a winter fever: The amount of sea ice in the Bering Sea west of Alaska was less this winter than any year since written records of commercial whalers started in 1850, before the Civil War.

The part of the Bering Sea covered by ice in February was some 150,000 square miles less than average, an area nearly the size of California.

The data comes from a report from the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska - Fairbanks.

The lack of sea ice was a hardship for the people living in communities along the Bering Sea.

"Travel between communities via boat or snowmachine was difficult and limited due to thin, unstable sea ice," the report said. "At times there was not enough ice to harvest marine mammals, fish, or crabs."

"As a result of increased open water, storm surf flooded homes and pushed ice rubble onto shore," the report added. "Jumbled ice covered beaches, essential infrastructure and driftwood."

A combination of both global climate change and naturally occurring weather patterns were the cause of the ice loss, scientists said.
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Re: Sea ice near Alaska was at lowest level since at least 1850

Post by barrysoetoro » Wed May 02, 2018 3:41 pm

evilconempire wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:58 pm
Doyle Rice, USA TODAY

The Arctic had a winter fever: The amount of sea ice in the Bering Sea west of Alaska was less this winter than any year since written records of commercial whalers started in 1850, before the Civil War.

The part of the Bering Sea covered by ice in February was some 150,000 square miles less than average, an area nearly the size of California.

The data comes from a report from the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska - Fairbanks.

The lack of sea ice was a hardship for the people living in communities along the Bering Sea.

"Travel between communities via boat or snowmachine was difficult and limited due to thin, unstable sea ice," the report said. "At times there was not enough ice to harvest marine mammals, fish, or crabs."

"As a result of increased open water, storm surf flooded homes and pushed ice rubble onto shore," the report added. "Jumbled ice covered beaches, essential infrastructure and driftwood."

A combination of both global climate change and naturally occurring weather patterns were the cause of the ice loss, scientists said.
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