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Dissolving Sea Ice, South of Svalbard
In the south of the Svalbard archipelago, a cold current coming from the east meets the last branches of the Gulf stream from the west. Here the compact sea ice, which is drifting from Siberia westwards to Svalbard, dissolves into the warmer waters. With warming climate, the summer sea ice edge is moving northwards. 2007 the year with the least amount of summer Arctic sea ice cover to date.