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APECS: NASA video captures unusual Beaufort Sea ice breakup


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A video on the NASA website shows dramatic satellite pictures of the sea ice breaking. People who live in the area and those who watch the Arctic are discussing what may have caused this unusual breakup. Dustin Whalen, a physical scientist for the Department of Natural Resources Canada, said the huge open water area is larger than ever seen before that close to shore. "I think that the ice will be melting not only from the influx of the warmer river water coming into it but also from the open water being so great that it can then create waves that it can eat away at the ice from the outside. So I expect that the ice in the Beaufort Sea will be clear earlier this year," he said. Robert Kuptana, a hunter in Ulukhaktok, N.W.T., said he’s worried about how this phenomenon will affect the wildlife in the area. http://www.cbc.ca/ne...rt-sea-ice.html


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