Rapid decline of Arctic island’s ice caps tracked



Ice fields on an Arctic island have shrunk 50 percent in the past 50 years and will be gone in 50 more, scientists said this week. Located just west of Greenland, Baffin Island is the fifth largest island in the world, with an area of 196,000 square miles. That’s larger than California. A study published in the Jan. 28 issue of the journal Geophysical Research Letters reveals the expanses of ice blanketing Baffin’s northern plateau in the Canadian Arctic are smaller than at any time in at least the last 1,600 years. Read more


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