This interactive visualization from the NASA Earth Observatory website compares Arctic sea ice minimum extent from 1984 to that of 2012.
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CLEAN resource [link http://serc.carleton.edu/resources/44665.htm] is a video that addresses Arctic sea ice extent over a similar time period.
Additionally, there is a useful Arctic sea ice change visualization and plot from NASA that may be found at [link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKbWN5YpgIU].
The amount of sea ice loss over the past 28 years is quite dramatic.
Accompanying background information discuss how the data was collected and explains the loss of ice extent as a positive feedback mechanism.
Comments from expert scientist: The development of Arctic sea ice is an important topic. The sea ice extent minimum of 2012 is presented in a clear manner that is easy to understand, but also conveys its importance.
Quite a bit of informational text accompanies the graphic.
Further resources for exploration are hyperlinked in the text.
Slider is easy to use; images are clear.