Antarctica is associated with the ubiquitous ice, unfortunately, the situation has changed dramatically. The ice cover in the surrounding Southern Ocean is getting smaller. As the latest data shows, there are places where the ice has completely disappeared. Scientists point out, however, that this is still too new a phenomenon to clearly define its cause.
The area of sea ice in Antarctica is record low this season. Currently, it amounts to only 2 million square kilometers and is constantly decreasing.
In the past, Antarctica's sea ice cover has shown to be highly volatile. With this in mind, and the fact that such a large cavity appeared recently, scientists point out that the cause can only be determined after a decade of observation. Climate change in Antarctica is visible now. There is a constant upward trend in temperature and there are cracks in the glaciers.
Up-to-date information on the Earth's ice cover is provided by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). They indicate that Antarctica's sea ice cover is exceptionally low, and all indications are that we are heading towards the record. Ted Scambos, a glaciologist at the University of Colorado Boulder and chief scientist at the NSIDC, told CNN that what is currently happening in Antarctica is "extreme".