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2012 a big ice year for Barrow “It was like those legends from the 1970s, when six-foot-thick ice was the norm.”


Alaska Science
Alaska's view of the sea-ice minimum
By NED ROZELL

September 21, 2012
Friday

(SitNews) - As the northern end of the globe nods away from the sun at fall equinox, the amount of sea ice floating on the northern oceans is now at the lowest amount ever detected by satellites, a period that goes back to 1979. This new sea-ice minimum follows an extremely cold Alaska winter that led to the formation of thick ice off the northern coast. In spring 2012, it looked like old times for ice floating off northern Alaska.

“The first-year ice thickness was pushing six feet,” Andy Mahoney, a sea ice expert at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’

Geophysical Institute who often visits Barrow, said of conditions this spring. “It was like those legends from the 1970s, when six-foot-thick ice was the norm.”.... http://www.sitnews.us/0912News/092112/092112_ak_science.html