Arctic ice (Credit: Pink floyd88 a, via Wikimedia Commons)
The National Snow and Ice Data Center announced 2013’s Arctic ice levels reached their lowest point on Sept. 13, according to the New York Times. In comparison with the record ice lows seen in 2012, this year’s ice levels were around 50 percent higher.
The increase in Arctic ice is the largest one since satellite tracking began in 1978. Most of the ice, however, is thin, slushy and not likely permanent.
Scientists say that cooler than average conditions in the area led to the increase. But they note that 2012’s levels were so low that those seen in 2013 probably look much greater by comparison.
Image: Melting Arctic ice (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)