Antarctic ice, at its lowest level

The ice zone in Antarctica reached its lowest level for a month in June, warned the National Meteorological Service of the United Kingdom (Met Office).

Antarctic sea ice extent is exceptionally low, the lowest on record for this date by a wide margin.

In their June count, the Antarctic sea ice extent was 10.74 million square kilometers. This is the lowest level ever recorded for that month.

This figure is 2.28 million square kilometers below the average between 1981 and 2010.

In addition, it exceeds the previous record, of 11.89 million square kilometers, registered in 2019.

The current ongoing period of low sea ice in Antarctica is likely associated with the El Niño Southern Oscillation.

The agency explained that this phenomenon causes changes in the temperature of the sea surface in the tropical Pacific.

excelsior reported last March that the stability of the Antarctica and the amount of ice that moves towards the coasts of that continent is at risk from climate change.

At that time, images of the detachment of a giant body of ice from the Brunt platform in Antarctica were released.

This is a scenario that experts pointed out since the beginning of the year.

Last February, a study of The Australian scientific agency CSIRO reported that the increase in the intensity of El Niño could accelerate the irreversible melting of Antarctica.

The high rate of melting since 2016 raises concerns that a significant downward trend is taking hold. Melting sea ice contributes to accelerating global warming.

We still have a lot to understand about the processes that influence platform temperatures, and this finding is an important piece of the puzzle,” said Ariaan Purich, an academic at Monash University.

The Met Office concluded that, with current data, it is difficult to make an accurate forecast for the month of September.

The downward trend in sea ice may be a sign that global warming is finally affecting the floating ice surrounding Antarctica, but we will have to wait several more years to be sure,” said Ted Scambos, a researcher at the Cooperative Institute. for Research in Environmental Sciences to the Deutsche Welle chain.


The June sea ice extent is the lowest since satellite observations began in 1979.

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Melting graphs in Antarctica from 1993 to date.

With information from DPA


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