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Even In Winter, Life Persists In Arctic Seas
2012-02-23 04:59:29

Results of research cruise to Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas surprise scientists and may have implications for climate modeling Despite brutal cold and lingering darkness, life in the frigid waters off Alaska does not grind to a halt in the winter as scientists previously suspected. According to preliminary results from a National Science Foundation- (NSF) funded research cruise, microscopic creatures at the base of the Arctic food chain are not dormant as expected. After working...

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2009-10-23 06:45:00

In an annual update on the condition of the planet's Arctic zones, Richard Spinrad, chief of research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, warned that the affects of global warming may be wreaking havoc on the planet's built-in thermostat. According to report from Spinrad's team, average temperatures in and around the North Pole continue to climb while sea ice and glaciers are melting rapidly, disrupting both marine and terrestrial ecosystems. In a press briefing on the...

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2006-09-13 16:50:00

What better way to engage students in science than to apply lessons learned from fieldwork? This is the philosophy of Alaska teachers participating in the Arctic Expedition for K-12 Teachers, a program organized by the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a handful of international agencies. For 33 days teachers from Alaska, Canada, France, Germany, Russia, Sweden and England will take atmospheric measurements, collect ice cores, install ice...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.