Giant Waves Quickly Destroy Arctic Ocean Ice and Ecosystems

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The chance encounter of a Norwegian research vessel with the largest waves ever recorded amid floating packs of Arctic ice shows how such rollers could reroute shipping, damage oil platforms and threaten coastal communities with erosion.

Scientists had never imagined that Arctic waves could break up pack ice so quickly. But climate change has brought milder winters, warmer sea temperatures and bigger storms, which create a vicious cycle that promises less sea ice and more wind and open water to generate ice-crushing waves…

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