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Arctic ice melt could be worse

September 19, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

The summer melt of Arctic sea ice wasn't quite as bad this year as the last two years. But it still ranked as the third-biggest melt on record.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center announced Thursday that the Arctic sea ice reached its annual low last week. Ice extended just shy of 2 million square miles. That's 620,000 square miles less than the 30-year average.

But there was more ice this September than the record low set in 2007 -- about one-third of a million square miles more.

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