Posted by | August 23, 2012 11:58 | Filed under: Top Stories

Submitted by Cheston Catalano

The previous record low was set in 2007.

Arctic sea ice plays a key role in help keep polar regions cool and helps control the global climate system.

The white surface of the ice reflects about 80% of incident sunlight back into the atmosphere, or into space.

When the sea ice melts, it exposes more of the dark ocean surface, resulting in 90% of the sunlight being absorbed, which warms the Arctic ocean.

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By: Cheston Catalano

Cheston Catalano is a Kentucky-based journalist whose work has been featured in the Chattanooga Times Free Press and the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle. He is a long-time contributor to Liberaland.