The Arctic ice is disappearing

This animation shows maps of sea ice age from 1987 through the end of October 2013. The winter ice pack in the Arctic was once dominated by old, thick ice. Today, very little old ice remains…

Age class 1 means “first-year ice,” which is ice that formed in the most recent winter. The oldest ice (9+) is ice that is more than 9 years old. Animation by NOAA, based on research data provided by Mark Tschudi, CCAR, University of Colorado.