The above image shows recent large methane release over the Gakkel Ridge, the faultline that crosses the Arctic Ocean between the northern tip of Greenland and the Laptev Sea (red line on map). Methane readings were as high as 2395 ppb at 586 mb, an altitude that often shows high methane readings originating from the Arctic Ocean.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.5 hit the Gakkel Ridge at a depth of 2 km on March 6, 2014, at 11:17.17.0 UTC. The location is shown on the map below.
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The image below is a Naval Research Laboratory forcast of sea ice thickness for March 8, 2014, run on March 3, 2014.
Meanwhile, the sea ice is close to record lows (for the time of the year), as illustrated by the images below. The image directly below shows sea ice area.
The image below shows sea ice extent.
The image below, by Wipneus, shows sea ice volume.
Andy Lee Robinson, offers a different way of looking at sea ice volume, the Arctic Death Spiral.