Watch A Chunk of Sea-ice Larger Than Texas Fracturing Off The Northern Coast of Alaska

Watch A Chunk of Sea-ice Larger Than Texas Fracturing Off The Northern Coast of Alaska

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Watch A Chunk of Sea-ice Larger Than Texas Fracturing Off The Northern Coast of Alaska

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In January a high-pressure weather system was parked over northern Alaska, producing warmer temperatures and winds that flowed in a southwesterly direction. That fueled the Beaufort Gyre, a wind-driven ocean current that flows clockwise. The gyre was the key force pulling pieces of ice west past Point Barrow, the northern nub of Alaska that protrudes into the Beaufort Sea.

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