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Disappearing Arctic

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, in the midst of their ICESCAPE mission, retrieves supplies for some mid-mission fixes dropped by parachute from a C-130 in the Arctic Ocean in this July 12, 2011 NASA handout photo obtained by Reuters June 11, 2011.

The vanishing arctic

The world's Arctic ice cap has shrunk to a new low, surpassing a record set only five years ago.