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Record melting underway for Arctic ice

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Scientists report that sea ice on the Arctic Ocean is melting at a faster rate than ever recorded before.

In addition the land-based ice covering Greenland is on pace for record melting as well. Satellite photos have shown 97% of the Greenland ice has experienced melting this summer and although some of that ice does refreeze much of it flows into the open seas. Final numbers for the amount of melted ice won't be available until after the summer season ends in September.

If the melting trend continues some climate experts warn that sea levels could rise as much as 3 feet by 2050. The faster melting has been tied to both rising air and water temperatures in the surrounding Arctic.

In addition when the ice does refreeze it is darker in color and that absorbs more light allowing the ice to heat faster which leads to more melting.

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