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Strongest, Oldest Arctic Sea Ice Breaks Up for First Time on Record
August 22, 2018
The Arctic is warming at a rate twice as fast as the rest of the globe, and now the region's thickest and oldest sea ice—also known as "the last ice area"—is breaking up for the first time on record, the Guardian reported Tuesday.
The breakage has opened up waters north of Greenland that are normally frozen-solid even in the peak of summer.
The loss of ice, which meteorologist Thomas Lavergne called "scary," has already been seen twice this year due to warm winds and a climate-driven heat wave, according to the Guardian.