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New study suggests we may see ice-free Arctic in our lifetime

May 11, 2013

New study suggests we may see ice-free Arctic in our lifetime

A new study suggests the Arctic could be ice free within our lifetime.

A new study published in the current issue of Science suggests that an ice-free Arctic may very well become a reality in the near future.

The research team set out to study Lake El’gygytgyn, “Lake E” for short, which was formed 3.6 million years ago when a meteorite hit earth. Because it has not been eroded by continental ice sheets, which is rare in the Arctic, it has an undisturbed sediment record that the team wanted to examine. The sediment samples examined were collected in 2009 from Lake E, and enabled the scientists to look back in time 2.2 to 3.6 million years ago.

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