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2014-02-06 16:22:24

Narwhal for Ice Management Recognized by Panel of E&P Industry Experts HOUSTON, Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ION Geophysical Corporation (NYSE:IO) today announced that its new Narwhal(TM) for Ice Management software received a Spotlight on Arctic Technology award, to be presented at the Arctic Technology Conference in Houston on Monday, February 10. The Arctic Technology Conference (ATC) shines the spotlight on the latest innovations in the Arctic E&P industry with its annual...

Polar Bear Diets Change Climate Change
2014-01-23 13:03:52

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Polar bears are able to switch up their diet in order to help them survive the warming Arctic, according to a new study. Scientists at the American Museum of Natural History performed a three-part study that shows how polar bears switch up plant and animal food sources as they face the changing climate. Arctic sea ice is beginning to melt earlier and freezing later each year, so polar bears are having a limited amount of time to hunt...

Arctic Warmth Reveals Samples Of Ancient Moss
2014-01-21 14:51:23

Wiley When the temperature rises on Baffin Island, in the Canadian high Arctic, ancient Polytrichum mosses, trapped beneath the ice for thousands of years, are exposed. Using radiocarbon dating, new research in Geophysical Research Letters has calculated the age of relic moss samples that have been exposed by modern Arctic warming. Since the moss samples would have been destroyed by erosion had they been previously exposed, the authors suggest that the temperatures in the Arctic are...

Mercury In Arctic Russian Rivers On The Decline
2013-12-21 05:37:36

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers have assumed for years that high and increasing levels of mercury in the North American and European Arctic means the same is true of fish elsewhere in the Arctic. A team of researchers from the US, Russia, and Canada, however, has discovered that in much of the continental Arctic, that assumption is misguided. Differences in mercury processes occur because of diverse atmospheric, geological, and biological conditions....

Amphipod Species Moving Into Arctic Waters
2013-12-19 09:04:00

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Amphipods typically found in the Atlantic Ocean are now reproducing in the Arctic waters west of Spitsbergen, Norway, and according to research appearing in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series, the discovery could signify a shift in the region’s zooplankton community. The presence of these creatures was discovered by biologists from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), who...

Arctic Ice Improving
2013-12-16 15:27:28

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency’s (ESA) CryoSat satellite has delivered some good news about the Arctic sea ice this fall. New measurements taken by CryoSat show the volume of Arctic sea ice has significantly increased this fall, rising by about 50 percent compared to last year. Satellites have been showing a downward trend in the area of Arctic Ocean covered by ice over the past few decades, so the latest measurements are much welcomed news....

Climate Change A Real Threat To Reindeer And Caribou
2013-12-16 04:37:18

[ Watch the Video: Are Caribou Safe From Climate Change? ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists writing in the journal Nature Climate Change say that climate change is endangering global reindeer and caribou habitats. The new study suggests there are a lot of similarities between reindeer, which thrive in Northern Europe and Asia, and caribou, which live in North America. Not only does this new research show similarities between these two animals that were...

2013-12-11 20:20:51

HALIFAX, Dec. 11, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The 2(nd) Annual Arctic Inspiration Prize has been awarded to three Canadian teams whose projects will translate knowledge to action to benefit the Canadian Arctic and its Peoples. The projects selected to share the $1 million award include: Ikaarvik: From Barriers to Bridges, the National Strategy on Inuit Education - National Parent Mobilization Initiative, and SakKijânginnatuk Nunalik: Healthy homes in thriving Nunatsiavut communities. The...

Extreme Summer Weather May Be Caused By Ice Loss In The Arctic
2013-12-09 11:16:06

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The cause of increasingly intense summer heat waves and downpours throughout the US and Europe could be due to thawing Arctic ice and snow, according to new research published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change. In the study, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences looked at satellite observations of snow cover and sea-ice extent during the...

Climate Scientists Clears Name Settles
2013-12-05 09:45:03

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Alaska climate scientist Charles Monnett has settled a lawsuit with the US Department of the Interior over the now famous 'Drowning Polar Bear' controversy. Monnett alleges that the government office was tried to silence him to protect its agenda. Monnet was temporarily suspended in 2011 during an inspector general's inquiry into a polar bear research contract he oversaw while working with what is currently the Bureau of Ocean Energy...


Latest Arctic 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...

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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2007-01-22 14:02:25

The Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus), also known as the polar fox, is a small fox native to cold Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere. It is common in all three tundra biomes. Although some authorities have suggested placing it in the genus Vulpes, it has long been considered the sole member of the genus Alopex. The Arctic fox has smaller, more rounded ears, a more rounded braincase. It has a slightly shorter and broader muzzle than the red fox. Its feet are furrier than those of other...

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