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2011-01-28 09:30:00

Temperatures of North Atlantic Ocean currents flowing north into the Arctic Ocean are at their highest levels in nearly 2,000 years, and could ultimately lead to summers that are ice-free in the North Pole region, researchers claim in a new study. The waters of the Fram Strait, which is located at the northern end of the Gulf Stream near Greenland, have gotten approximately 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit warmer over the past century, study leader Robert Spielhagen of the Academy of Sciences,...

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2011-01-26 13:36:24

Scientists and explorers will shortly set off on an expedition aiming to discover how Arctic sea ice melts. This year's Catlin Arctic Survey is focused on the thin layer of water immediately under the floating ice. Arctic ice is melting faster in the summer than many computer models have predicted. Survey data could improve forecasts of the region's future, and show how likely it is that the flow of warm water in the North Atlantic will switch off. This would bring colder weather to the...

2011-01-04 17:01:00

SEATTLE, Jan. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported December operational results for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines (Alaska) and Horizon Air (Horizon). ALASKA AIRLINES Alaska reported a 13.3 percent increase in traffic on a 10.7 percent increase in capacity, resulting in a 2.0-point increase in load factor to 85.6 percent. Alaska also reported that 80.9 percent of its flights arrived on time in December 2010, a 3.1-point decrease compared to the 84.0...

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2010-12-20 12:05:00

The Cryosat-2 spacecraft has provided a new map of ocean circulation across the Arctic basin. The spacecraft's primary mission is to measure sea-ice thickness, which has been in sharp decline in recent decades. However, Cryosat's ability to map the shape of the sea surface will allow scientists to determine if Arctic currents are changing as a result of winds being blown more easily on ice-free waters. "Nobody really knows how the Arctic is going to behave as the ice retreats, but we do...

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2010-12-15 10:40:41

A novel project using cameras mounted on unmanned aircraft flying over the Arctic is serving double duty by assessing the characteristics of declining sea ice and using the same aerial photos to pinpoint seals that have hauled up on ice floes. The project is the first to use aircraft to monitor ice and seals in remote areas without putting pilots and observers at risk, said Elizabeth Weatherhead of the University of Colorado at Boulder, who is leading the study team. Weatherhead is a senior...

2010-12-02 18:58:00

SEATTLE, Dec. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported November operational results for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines (Alaska) and Horizon Air (Horizon). ALASKA AIRLINES Alaska reported a 15.5 percent increase in traffic on a 9.9 percent increase in capacity, resulting in a 4.1-point increase in load factor to 83.9 percent. Alaska also reported that 82.5 percent of its flights arrived on time in November 2010, a 5.7-point decrease compared to the 88.2...

2010-11-30 07:00:00

SEATTLE, Nov. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alaska Air Group, the holding company for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, today announced a new vice president at Horizon Air, as well as personnel changes in the company's Corporate Real Estate, Finance/Investor Relations, Marketing/Communications and Security/Compliance departments. Horizon Air Gene Hahn was named senior vice president of operations for Horizon Air, overseeing the flight operations and maintenance and engineering...

2010-11-10 13:23:00

Pew Calls for Plugging Gaps in Spill Response Planning WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Darkness, extreme weather and shifting sea ice could delay efforts to stop an oil well blowout in the U.S. Arctic Ocean for six months or more, trapping spewed oil in ice for up to a decade according to a report released today by the Pew Environment Group. The study, "Oil Spill Prevention and Response in the U.S. Arctic Ocean: Unexamined Risks, Unacceptable Consequences," is the...

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2010-11-10 06:45:00

A NASA analysis of satellite data has quantified, for the first time, the amount of older and thicker "multiyear" sea ice lost from the Arctic Ocean due to melting. Since the start of the satellite record in 1979, scientists have observed the continued disappearance of older "multiyear" sea ice that survives more than one summer melt season. Some scientists suspected that this loss was due entirely to wind pushing the ice out of the Arctic Basin -- a process that scientists refer to as...

2010-11-05 12:31:00

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Latest Arctic Ocean Reference Libraries

Arctic Ocean
2013-04-18 22:31:23

The Arctic Ocean which is located in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the Arctic north polar region, is the shallowest and smallest of the world’s five major oceanic divisions. The International Hydrographic Organization recognizes it as an ocean, although, some oceanographers consider it as the Arctic Mediterranean Sea or simply, the Arctic Sea, classifying it a Mediterranean sea or an estuary of the Atlantic Ocean. Alternatively, the Arctic Ocean can be considered as the northernmost...

Baffin Bay
2013-04-18 13:21:50

Baffin Bay, which is located between Baffin Island and the southwest coast of Greenland, is a marginal sea of the North Atlantic Ocean. It’s connected to the Atlantic by Davis Strait and the Labrador Sea. A narrower Nares Strait connects the Baffin Bay with the Arctic Ocean. The Baffin Bay is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that is bordered by Baffin Island towards the west, Greenland towards the east, and Ellesmere Island towards the north. It is connected to the Atlantic through the Davis...

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2007-10-23 16:48:25

The Bearded Seal (Erignathus barbatus), or Square Flipper Seal, is a seal found in or near to the Arctic Ocean. Its most characteristic feature is the whiskers on its face. When dry, the whiskers curl up giving the bearded seal a raffish look. Other distinguishable features are the square fore-flippers and thick bristles pn their muzzles. Adults are grayish-brown in color, darker on the back, rarely with a few faint spots on the back or dark spots on the flanks. Occasionally the face and...

Arctic Circle
2004-10-19 04:45:44

Arctic Circle -- The Arctic (Land of the Midnight Sun) is the area around the earth's North Pole while antarctic is in South Pole. It includes parts of Russia, Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Lapland and Svalbard as well as the Arctic Ocean. The Arctic Circle is one of the five major circles of latitude that mark maps of the Earth. Everything north of this circle is known as the Arctic, and the zone just to the south of this circle is the Northern Temperate Zone. This is the parallel of...

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