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Winter's Arctic Sea Ice is Smallest On Record

Arctic sea ice this year is the smallest in winter since satellite records began in 1979, in a new sign of long-term climate change, U.S. data showed Thursday. The ice floating on the Arctic Ocean around the North Pole reached its maximum annual extent of just 14.54 million square kilometers (5.61 million square miles) on Feb. 25 — slightly bigger than Canada — and is now expected to shrink with a spring thaw. "This year's maximum ice extent was the lowest in the satellite...

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