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31 Oct 2014
The Arctic Circle is expanding
Reykjavik, Iceland -- The message is as consistent as it is compelling: the Arctic is front and centre in global discussions on everything from climate change to creating “green growth.” Here at the second Arctic Circle Conference, convened b ...
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12 Nov 2013
Warsaw Shadows
Two shadows hang over this year's United Nations Climate change negotiations in Warsaw, Poland. The first was addressed by every speaker at the opening of this 19th Conference of the Parties (COP 19) -- Typhoon Haiyan, which claimed 10,000 li ...
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30 Jul 2013
Luggage Logistics
Students on Ice Arctic Expedition 2013, Iqaluit, Nunavut On a cloudless morning, blue sky over the ship, the first zodiac is lowered into the water. Ripples radiate across the still surface and vanish into the fog. Blue above and below, and a ...
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29 Jul 2013
In the Ice
Students on Ice Arctic Expedition 2013, Off the coast of Baffin Island The broken pack ice undulates on a metallic grey sea. In the distance, we can see land but there is a lot of ice between us and the steep purple cliffs that form the north ...
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29 Jul 2013
Ever seen a World Lasso Championship?
The gathering of reindeer herders from across the Arctic, China and Mongolia for the 5th World Reindeer Herders’ Congress here in China has also allowed for a unique sports competition to take place – the World Lasso Championship. Held every ...
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25 Jul 2013
A moment in time
Students on Ice Arctic Expedition 2013, Pangnirtung Fjord This is a new landscape dotted by weathered and rounded granite erratics left behind by the glaciers that retreated 5000-6000 years ago. The steep cliffs formed 10 kilometres below the ...
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24 Jul 2013
Polar Bears Cure Seasickness
Students on Ice Arctic Expedition 2013 Personally I think one of my shipmates called the bad weather down on us. We left the coast of Greenland and headed into the Davis Strait. We woke in the morning to calm winds and a flat sea, highly ...
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23 Jul 2013
Happy 250th Birthday Uummannaq
Students on Ice Arctic Expedition 2013 Uummannaq Fjord slices into the western coast of Greenland. On the morning we entered it was clear and calm. The sun, which does not set here at this time of year, had circled around behind the steep gra ...
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22 Jul 2013
Where Icebergs are Born
Students on Ice Arctic Expedition 2013,Disko Bay, Greenland All icebergs in the North Atlantic start in this place. Disko Bay is littered with ice. Huge bergs sit somnolent in the morning sun, their surfaces lined with dark blue veins of froz ...
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17 Jul 2013
Being There
Students on Ice Arctic Expedition 2013 We are about to leave for Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, where we board a ship that will be our home for the next two weeks. This year's Students on Ice itinerary is to head north along the Greenlandic coast ...