Environment

Antarctic Sea Ice Mystery Thickens… Literally (Video)

Antarctic sea ice isn't only expanding, it's thicker than previously thought, and scientists aren't sure exactly why. (AOL Screenshot)
Antarctic sea ice isn't only expanding, it's thicker than previously thought, and scientists aren't sure exactly why. (AOL Screenshot)

Antarctic sea ice is increasing – that’s old news – but now it’s also thicker than scientists thought, and that’s only adding to the confusion...




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