A new warning has been issued by specialists, as information from NASA reveals the alarming situation at the North Pole. The Arctic sea ice could melt away for good, as climate change advances. The new images from NASA were provided by satellites and showed that the ice was thinner than initially believed.
The researchers explain that the melting phenomenon is natural during summer. However, the cold season must be able to restore regularly the amounts of ice that were lost in the summer. Since the warm season seems to last more than usual and winters lose their power, specialists are concerned that the snow and ice in the North Pole will never be restored.
The new images from NASA reveal that the oldest ice formation in the Arctic Sea was affected by the abnormally warm temperatures. The structure has either shrunk or melted, but the change is visible, as specialists observed.
Scientists explain that this is more than a wake-up call on the damages of global warming. They say that it is normal that the summer heat should melt ice formed in recent years, which is young and thin. However, if the temperatures affected the old structures, then this is an extremely serious situation.
The specialists also believe that the weakening of the ancient formations didn’t occur all of a sudden. They suspect that this is the result of several abnormally warm seasons, which took their toll on the once strong ice structures. Prolonged exposure to ever-warming climate makes the ice vulnerable, prone to breaking and melting.
The reports from scientists show that the Arctic sea ice is getting weaker every summer. Each warm season has been stealing more ice than the previous one in recent years. The new evidence points out that the warm temperatures succeeded in affecting the old structures, which were thought to be safe from the damaging action of global warming.
Apart from the ice in the Arctic, snowy mountainous regions are also affected. Such is the case of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa or the Alps in Europe. The mountains can face the threat of losing their ice and glaciers.
The melting of the Arctic sea ice affects ecosystems all around the world. The snow and ice will turn to water and increase the sea levels worldwide. The animals will also be affected, as they rely on ice, cold water, and low temperatures to survive.
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