Antarctica’s ice is record low – level 1

02-10-2023 07:00

In Antarctica, there’s a problem. The ice in the sea is getting very small. This winter, it is the smallest ever.

This makes scientists worried because they think it is because of the global warming. It is bad for animals like penguins. They need the ice for their homes and babies. Also, it can make the Earth warmer because ice sends sunlight back to space.

On September 10 this year, the ice covers only 16.96 million square kilometers. That is the smallest number since 1979. In 1979, scientists start using satellites to watch the ice. The old record from 1986 has more ice, about 1 million square kilometers more.

Difficult words: global warming (when our planet is getting warmer), cover (to lay or spread over an area), satellite (a device which is traveling around the planet).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What are the implications of this decrease in sea ice in Antarctica for the Earth's climate?


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