Movie of Yearly Changes in Sea Ice around the North Pole
In late spring the weather gets warmer. The sea ice starts to melt. All through the summer more and more of the ice melts. When is there the least sea ice? Since a lot of ice melts in the summer, there is usually much less sea ice in early fall around September, right after the end of summer.
The freezing and melting of the sea ice happens year after year. It is one of the cycles that come with the changing seasons.
This movie shows seven years of this cycle, from January 2002 through December 2008.
(Note: If you cannot see the movie you may need to download the latest QuickTime player.)
- Click here to check out an interactive that lets you compare sea ice at different times of the year or during different years.
- Click here to watch a movie of changes in sea ice in the Antarctic regions of the Southern Hemisphere.
- Click here to see the predictions that global climate models make about future changes in sea ice.
If you want to see more movies and pictures of sea ice, go to the NSIDC web site to:
- Look at pictures of sea ice extent and make movies.
- Look at more than one picture of sea ice at the same time so you can compare.