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Study: Thinning Arctic Snow Could Alter North Pole Ecosystem
15th August, 2014
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Snow has thinned significantly in the Arctic, especially on the sea ice near Alaska, finds a new study. Researchers at the University of Washington and NASA confirmed their findings by combining data collected by ice bouys and aircraft with historic data from the late 1950s to the 90s.

They compared data from U.S. and Soviet stations to track how the snow cover has changed over the decades.

They found that the snowpack has thinned from 14 inches to 9 inches in the western Arctic and from 13 inches to 6 inches in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, west and north of Alaska.

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