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Arctic Methane

Arctic Methane

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THE DEADLY DEPTHS METHANE RELEASE IN THE ARCTIC

Arctic ice extent
%, 1979-2000 MEAN=15.7 MILLION SQ KM

Bering Sea

5 0 -5 -10 1980

Ice extent

-2.6% per decade

USA (Alaska)

Arct ic C ircl e

EXTENT OF SEA ICE Key

Median ice edge 1979-2000 September 2005 September 2011
ARCTIC OCEAN

CANADA

85

90

95 2000 05

10

How methane feedback works
Temperature increases

RUSSIA
North Pole More heat from the sun is trapped Baffin Bay

Se

a ic

e
Sea ice thaws, releasing methane into the atmosphere through the cracks

GREENLAND
Barents Sea

c cti Ar ean c O

Ar ct ic Cir c le

Greenland Sea

FIN LA

ICELAND

SWEDEN

ND

A polar bear surrounded by melting ice in the Arctic AFP

Se

ab

ed
500 miles
SOURCE: NATIONAL SNOW AND ICE DATA CENTER

NORWAY

GRAPHIC: ROB BROOKS

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