Arctic sea ice has been shrinking at an unusually rapid rate since early August and has reached a record low for this time of year, said the Russian Institute for Arctic Scientific Research and Antarctica.
The summer melt, which began in May, developed in an almost analogous fashion to the scenario of 2007, the year in which the sea ice reached its record minimum. However, between August 13 and 19, the average arctic ice surface even reached 4.8 million km2, nearly 500,000 km2 less than in the same period in 2007.
Russia has made the development of the Arctic, which abounds in still unexploited hydrocarbon resources, a strategic priority, and has launched exploration work in the Kara Sea with the American group ExxonMobil.
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