Antarctic sea ice bucks trend

Sea ice is expanding in the seas around Antarctica.

Unlike in the Arctic, where sea ice has suffered a drastic decline in recent years, a Dutch study has shown that sea ice in the Antarctic has expanded significantly since 1985 due to cold freshwater ice melt beneath the Antarctic ice shelves. This insulates ice further out to sea by protecting it from the warming oceans below.

This is an important discovery for the region, as shrinking sea ice is a critical danger to ecosystems in the poles.

Read more at Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute