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    Sea ice melts on the Franklin Strait along the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Saturday, July 22, 2017. Because of climate change, more sea ice is being lost each summer than is being replenished in winters. Less sea ice coverage also means that less sunlight will be reflected off the surface of the ocean in a process known as the albedo effect. The oceans will absorb more heat, further fueling global warming.

    NASA to Measure Earth's Changing Ice Levels

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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s mission is scheduled for launch on Saturday.

    "NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, a mission to measure the changing height of Earth’s ice, is scheduled to launch Saturday, Sept. 15, with a 40-minute window opening at 5:46 am PDT (Pacific Daylight Time), NASA said on its blog on Friday.

    The spacecraft will lift off from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on the final launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket and the US Air Force is predicting a 100 percent chance of favorable weather for the launch, NASA said.

    NASA has previously reported a 13.4-percent drop in Arctic ice this past decade due to global warming brought about by human-induced climate change.

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    Due in part to shallow seas north of Siberia, the Northern Sea Route is increasingly free of ice beginning earlier in the season around mid-July and staying clear deeper into fall, or mid-October than other Arctic regions.


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