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Polar Bear Researcher Cleared Of Scientific Misconduct
2012-09-30 07:50:11

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The scientist who helped bring the plight of the polar bear to the public's attention and helped get the creatures listed as a threatened species has been reprimanded by federal investigators for sharing internal government emails without authorization, but was cleared of scientific misconduct, according to reports. The results of the Office of the Inspector General for the Interior Department investigation into the conduct of...

2012-09-24 14:23:21

Expedition to the Greenland Sea with Surprising Results Marine scientists from Kiel, together with colleagues from Bremen, Great Britain, Switzerland and Norway, spent four and a half weeks examining methane emanation from the sea bed off the coast of Spitsbergen with the German research vessel MARIA S. MERIAN. There they gained a very differentiated picture: Several of the gas outlets have been active for hundreds of years. Frequent storms and sub-zero temperatures — nature drove...

Arctic Ice Reaches Least Extent Since 2007 Summer Season
2012-09-20 09:23:03

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Arctic sea ice has stopped receding this year, but not before reaching its smallest extent, breaking the previous record set in the summer of 2007, by 18 percent. The new low sets the summertime ice area extent to about 2.1 million square miles, according to estimates from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Colorado. This year´s unprecedented ice melt in the Arctic is the clearest sign yet of global...

Climate Change Shrinking Sea Ice, Seal Species Threatened
2012-09-17 15:49:26

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists reported in the journal Geophysical Research Letters that the ringed seal is being threatened by shrinking sea ice in the Arctic. The ringed seal uses ice to build caves for its young, which need at least 8-inches of snow drifts on sea ice in order to be supported. Without sea ice, the platform that allows the snow to pile up disappears, reducing the area where seals can raise their pups. The researchers were...

Arctic Crustaceans Survive Ice Melt By Migrating Via Deep Ocean Currents
2012-09-14 11:29:59

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As climate change tightens its grip on the polar regions, many biologists are investigating how different species that live there are being affected by increasing temperatures and decreasing polar ice. Some arctic crustaceans are showing why they have persisted for millions of years by adapting to the changes in their environment, according to a new report published in the journal Biology Letters by an international team of scientists....

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2012-09-12 21:26:05

John Neumann for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Sometime between 200 and 500 years ago, in the throes of a mini ice age, sea ice had become thick and stable enough for animal migration to occur between regions in far northern Europe. This sheet of ice gave arctic foxes a migration route to Iceland from previously unavailable landmasses, including present-day Russia, North America and Greenland. Scientists at Durham University reported findings highlighting the importance of...

Arctic Sea Ice Loss Could Have Major Impacts
2012-09-10 06:24:56

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online As the end of the Arctic melt season ends with the region having already set new records for the smallest amount of sea ice extent and volume, experts this past weekend began to gauge exactly what the implications will be, both locally and throughout the rest of the world. According to BBC News Science Editor David Shukman, scientists at the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) have reported that the sea ice in the area was becoming...

Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Low
2012-08-28 05:40:31

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Arctic sea ice has melted to a record low extent; the smallest ever recorded since satellites began measuring it in 1979. On August 26, 2012, the Arctic sea ice extent fell to 1.58 million square miles, or 4.10 million square kilometers. This is 27,000 square miles below the previous record daily low of September 18, 2007, says new data from the University of Colorado's National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). Sea ice extent...

2012-08-27 14:18:23

The extent of the sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean has shrunk. According to scientists from NASA and the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colo., the amount is the smallest size ever observed in the three decades since consistent satellite observations of the polar cap began. NASA and NSIDC scientists will host a media teleconference at 3 p.m. EDT, today, to discuss this new record low for summertime Arctic sea ice cover. The extent of Arctic sea ice...


Latest Arctic Reference Libraries

Alaskan Hare, Lepus othus
2014-05-19 10:40:26

The Alaskan hare (Lepus othus), or the tundra hare, can be found on the Alaskan Peninsula and in western areas of Alaska. This species prefers to reside in rocky areas in their tundra habitat, resting in open areas rather than in burrows. It is most closely related to the mountain hare and the Arctic hare. Members of this species reach an average weight between 1.6 and 2.2 feet, with hind feet that reach a length of 7.9 inches. The hind feet are thought to help the hares move quickly and...

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...

Weather Reference Library
2012-07-05 11:03:14

Continental arctic air mass is known for its very frigid and dry air. The most common place in the United States to find this air mass is in Alaska. However, in the coldest parts of the winter such as December and January along with early February it is not uncommon for this air mass to invade the Northern part of the United States. This air mass is responsible for bringing with it temps that drop well below zero. Along with the cold temps the air is very dry and if people stay outside in...

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2009-07-06 17:01:44

Arctic haze is a phenomenon that occurs in the atmosphere at high latitudes in the Arctic due to air pollution. What distinguishes Arctic haze from haze found elsewhere, is the ability of its chemical ingredients to endure in the atmosphere for a longer period of time compared to other pollutants. Due to limited snowfall, rain, or turbulent air to displace pollutants from the polar air in the spring, Arctic haze can continue for more than a month in the northern atmosphere. Arctic haze was...

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2007-10-24 15:45:58

The Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea), is a species in the finch family. It breeds throughout northern North America and Eurasia. Subspecies of the Common Redpoll include the Arctic Redpoll and Mealy Redpoll. These are common too in the Arctic, Iceland, Greenland, and Baffin Island. They all migrate south into southern Canada, northern United States and most of Eurasia. These birds are remarkably resistant to cold temperatures and winter migration is mainly due to lack of food rather...

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Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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