#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. As shown by the latest research conducted by British scientists from London’s University College, sea ice in the coastal areas of the Arctic is thinning twice as fast as previously recorded.
Experts determined the thickness of the sea ice by measuring its height above the water. As it turned out, the ice is gradually thinning, and this happens 70-100 percent faster.
“Sea ice thickness is a sensitive indicator of the Arctic health. This is important because the thicker ice acts as an insulating blanket, keeping the ocean from heating up the atmosphere in winter and shielding it from the sun’s rays in summer. Thinner ice is also less likely to survive during the Arctic summer”, said the study leader Robbie Mallett.
Text: Ekaterina Maksimova, Photo: gorizont-norilsk.ru
Text: Mikhail Tuaev, Photo: Nikolay Gernet