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This visualization from NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio shows seasonal changes in Arctic sea ice and land cover over time, as the sea ice progresses from its annual maximum to its annual minimum. In 2015, the Arctic sea ice reached its maximum on February 25 and its minimum on September 11. At the time of visualization, the 2015 sea ice maximum was the lowest on record; the 2015 sea ice minimum was the fourth lowest on record.
To view the Background Essay and Teaching Tips for this visualization, go to Support Materials below. This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA. Click here for the full collection of resources.