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A hole bigger than New Brunswick has opened up in Antarctic ice pack

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"You could imagine you're in the middle of the Antarctic winter and essentially there's sea ice as far as you can see and then, suddenly, if you're walking along, you come across this huge expanse of open water," Kent Moore, an atmospheric physicist at the University of Toronto Mississauga, told As It Happens host Carol Off. The sea ice hole, known in the scientific community by the Russian term polynya, measured 80,000 square kilometres at its peak ?" a little bigger than New Brunswick and a little smaller than the island of Newfoundland.

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