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2012 was a year of unprecedented melting across the Arctic. The Arctic is warming faster than any other region on earth and the consequences are shocking. Sea ice area and volume plummeted to the lowest levels ever measured. Greenland suffered from record glacial melting and record heat. Figures show that the melting increased at a stunning rate in 2012. The Chasing Ice movie captured the catastrophic failure of a Manhattan sized mass of ice. The figures come alive in the movie.

The Arctic sea ice volume was at the record minimum for December 1. The weak annual rebound in ice volume this fall puts the Arctic on track for another record annual minimum next September. Note the baseline is zero.

Since the catastrophic summer of 2007 summer Arctic sea ice has gone into a death spiral. The September minimum level is rapidly approaching zero.
Arctic sea ice volume
The rate of melting of ice in glaciers across the Arctic has also been speeding up over the last decade. The summer of 2012 brought a spectacular record ice mass loss to Greenland.
The Chasing Ice trailer shows the beginning of the spectacular Manhattan island sized calving of the Illusiat glacier. Because this is the second massive calving in recent years, it is an unprecedented example of Arctic glacier retreat.

The Guardian's video shows the whole spectacular crack up compressed to under 4 minutes. The Guardian's videos are not embedding for me at DK.
Click to see the massive break up here.


8:53 AM PT: Chasing ice showtimes here.

Originally posted to Climate Change SOS on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 08:00 AM PST.

Also republished by Climate Hawks.

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