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A near-record Arctic melting

Slight recovery from 2007, but sea-ice coverage still second-lowest and 34 percent below normal

This summer, the share of the Arctic Ocean covered by sea ice was the second-lowest since satellite measurements began in 1979. And because much of the ice had formed just this past winter and was therefore relatively thin, the volume of floating ice at the top of the world probably reached a record low, scientists estimate.

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