November 30, 2023

Why in news ?

The ‘Last Ice Area’ (LIA), located in the Arctic’s Ice north of Greenland, has started melting earlier than what the scientists had expected.

About Last Ice Area:

  • This region is located north of Greenland and Ellesmere Island in the Canadian territory of Nunavut.
  • This area was believed to be strong enough to withstand global warming.
    • The total disappearance of summer ice in the Arctic was estimated by the year 2040, however the ‘Last Ice Area’ was the exception.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-Canada was believed to be the first to call this area the ‘Last Ice Area’.

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