Arctic sea ice extent for the month of March was the second lowest in the satellite record. Ice cover at winter maximum continues to be dominated by young, thin ice.

Present since the last ice age, most of the world's glaciers are now shrinking or disappearing altogether as the climate gets warmer. 

Records from the last five decades show that on average, spring snow is disappearing earlier in the year than it did in the past. 

Minimum sea ice extent observed by satellites each September has decreased by 13.7 percent per decade since the late 1970s. The seven lowest extents all occurred since 2007.

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