This Summer in the Arctic

As reported previously on this blog, Arctic sea ice rebounded this summer. About half of the sea ice survived the summer melt.

Last summer's sea ice hit a record low. The rebound did not seem to surprise some scientist because two record lows in a row have yet to be recorded since Arctic sea ice levels have been tracked.

During my visit to the Arctic (Aug. - Sept. 2013), on-board the USCGC Healy, many observers commented on the relative abundance of polar bear sightings.

This news of a sea ice rebound would also be welcome to the native Inupiaq peoples of Alaska, since subsistence hunting of whales is a continuing cultural practice.

More on the Arctic sea ice rebound here.

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