Arctic Sea Ice in Free Fall
The North Pole is losing its ice cap.
Comparing recent melt seasons with historical records spanning more than 1,400 years shows summer Arctic sea ice in free fall.
Many scientists believe that the Arctic Ocean will be ice-free in the summertime within the next decade or two, and some say that this could occur as early as 2016. The last time the Arctic was completely free of ice may have been 125,000 years ago.