Article url: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-low-will-the-arctic-s-summer-sea-ice-go/
The arctic sea is already melting significantly despite the fact that it hasn’t reached its annual minimum coverage. After reaching its annual maximum coverage, the Arctic sea ice extent has declined steadily, it has been declining below average from 1981 to present day. While the rate of Arctic retreat was rapid through the first half of April, it has significantly slowed down. The ice breakup was early in Bering Sea which made it difficult for gold operations and seal hunters in that region. In the Antarctic Ice decreases daily at a rate of 11,700 miles per day. In 2007 the coverage met an all time low at around 300,000 below average but recently it has reached 230,000 below average and it has not yet met its minimum.