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Arctic sea ice plunges to dismal levels

Sea ice in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Image: AP / Shutterstock By Mark Kaufman2019-09-23 21:02:25 UTC After a year of extreme melt, Arctic sea ice ended up dropping to its second-lowest level on record — a mark only surpassed by melting in 2012. The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) announced Monday that the Arctic’s minimum sea ice extent for 2019 — meaning the smallest area of Arctic ocean