Antarctic sea ice shrank last week to its smallest extent in 45 years of satellite records, US scientists said Monday (27).
The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado at Boulder reported that Antarctic sea ice shrank to 1.79 million square kilometers on February 21.
This area exceeded the previous historic low recorded in 2022 by 136,000 km².
Scientists at NSIDC stressed that this latest figure is preliminary, as further melting may still occur at the end of the season.
They said they would publish a definitive figure on Antarctic ice extent in . . .