A handout picture released by British Antarctic Survey (BAS) on February 21, 2018 and taken on November 22, 2017 from the British Antarctic Survey Twin Otter aircraft shows the Larsen C iceberg. "AFP PHOTO / BRITISH ANTARCTIC SURVEY / ALI ROSE "
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Sea ice cover in Antarctica has dropped to its second-lowest on record, Australian authorities said Friday, adding that it was not yet clear what was driving the reduction after several years of record-highs.The report came as scientists said earlier this week that the Arctic region was seeing record high temperatures, with sea ice covering the smallest area in winter since records began more than half-a-century ago.Last year also saw near record-lows for the wintertime maximum sea ice cover, at 18.05 million square kilometers.
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