Arctic sea ice extent for March averaged 4.80m sq km – well below the monthly average of the past 30 years.

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4/9/2014 6:05:54 PM

Arctic Ice Cap Peak Fifth-Lowest on Record

Sea ice. It's what we are all about here at Polar Bears International. Polar bears need sea ice to survive and we love polar bears.

Once again this year's sea ice peak is low. It's the fifth lowest on record.

The Arctic ice cap expands every winter and shrinks every summer, in response to changing temperatures, sunlight, and weather conditions. The sea ice hit its annual peak on March 21, the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) reported last month.

According to the Guardian, NSIDC "scientists said Arctic sea ice extent for March averaged 14.80m sq km. That's 730,000 sq km below the 1981-2010 satellite average.

"The latest findings reinforce a trend that could see the Arctic losing all of its ice cover in the summer months within decades.

"The world's leading scientists this week admitted that Arctic sea ice was disappearing much faster than expected."

Read more: The Guardian, April 2, 2014 Arctic sea ice falls to fifth lowest level on record 

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