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Arctic sea ice becoming a spring hazard for north Atlantic ships

20 March 2018

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More Arctic sea ice is entering the North Atlantic Ocean than before, making it increasingly dangerous for ships to navigate those waters in late spring, according to new research.

The new research finds ocean passages typically plugged with ice in the winter and spring are opening up. Sea ice normally locked in the Arctic then can flow freely through these passages southward to routes used by shipping, fishing and ferry boats.

Source: American Geophysical Union

Image credit: David G. Barber - A crab fishing boat trapped in the multiyear sea ice off the Newfoundland coast.