Sept. 29, 2005— This month saw the smallest Arctic ice cap for more than a hundred years, U.S. scientists said Wednesday, blaming global warming for the shrinking area covered by sea ice.

"Considering the record low amounts of sea ice this year leading up to the month of September, 2005 will almost certainly surpass 2002 as the lowest amount of ice cover in more than a century," said Julienne Stroeve of the National Snow and Ice Data Center on research with the University of Colorado and the University of Washington.

The observations and measurements were made with the aid of NASA satellites.

"The year 2005 puts an exclamation point on the pattern of Arctic warming we’ve seen in recent years," said Mark Serreze, of the center, who also worked on the study released Wednesday.

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