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2010-02-15 13:11:00

STATE-OF-THE-ART COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY ALLOWS THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS TO BE PART OF THE ADVENTURE OTTAWA, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ - Their lives exist around doing what seems impossible to others. Now, world record holding adventurers Ray Zahab of Chelsea, Quebec and Kevin Vallely of North Vancouver, B.C. are about to do it again. Beginning March 1st, the two men will attempt to run the 650-kilometer length of Siberia's frozen Lake Baikal in 10 days or less. They will run 60 to 70 kilometers...

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2010-02-12 09:27:15

Evidence from the Challenger Deep "“ the deepest surveyed point in the world's oceans "“ suggests that tiny single-celled creatures called foraminifera living at extreme depths of more than ten kilometers build their homes using material that sinks down from near the ocean surface. The Challenger Deep is located in the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean. It lies in the hadal zone beyond the abyssal zone, and plunges down to a water depth of around 11 kilometers. "The...

2010-01-28 14:50:00

Special programs, films, Family Day, and more mark new addition to Public Vaults WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Archives celebrates Polar Exploration in February with a new feature on display in the Public Vaults permanent exhibition (beginning February 19), a book signing, films, and Family Day. These events are free and open to the public and will be held at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, which is located on the National Mall at...

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2009-12-21 09:25:04

The 40,000 'eco-tourists' who visit the South Pole every year cause enormous greenhouse gas emissions. The visitors to the snow-covered landmass are endangering not just the Antarctic region by their actions, but also the rest of the world. Dutch researcher Machiel Lamers has investigated the impacts of increased tourism on Antarctica and how this impact could be curbed. Tourism is a 'boom industry' in Antarctica. Where, a mere 20 years or so ago, just a few hundred tourists would set off...

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2009-10-30 05:55:00

Polar shipping routes have finally been unblocked, thanks to the virtual disappearance of the multiyear ice spanning the Arctic Ocean, according to an Arctic expert. For centuries, enormous sheets of multiyear ice reaching up to 260 feet thick have impeded the way of ships looking for a short cut through the fabled Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific. However, Canada's Research Chair in Arctic System Science at the University of Manitoba, David Barber, noted that the ice is...

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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...

2009-08-31 14:45:00

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- In an industry first, Crystal Cruises is offering just six intrepid holiday travelers a new two-day excursion to the windiest, coldest and least populated continent on the planet. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090831/LA68374) In below freezing temperatures, the brand new rugged and rare overland excursion will take Crystal guests to King George Island, Antarctica. Brave adventurers will trek through remote villages and a petrified...

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2009-08-25 15:10:00

Lakes in Antarctica, concealed under miles of ice, require scientists to come up with creative ways to identify and analyze these hidden features. Now, researchers using space-based lasers on a NASA satellite have created the most comprehensive inventory of lakes that actively drain or fill under Antarctica's ice. They have revealed a continental plumbing system that is more dynamic than scientists thought."Even though Antarctica's ice sheet looks static, the more we watch it, the more we see...

2009-07-28 14:54:00

SEATTLE, July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- After eight weeks at sea following its departure on May 31 from Seattle, the crew of Ocean Watch - the 64-foot steel-hulled sailboat - representing the 13 month- long Around the Americas expedition has turned east into the ice-filled Northwest Passage after travelling a predominently northerly course. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090728/SF53142-a) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090728/SF53142-b) The Realities of the...

2009-07-15 12:54:51

Significant sea ice formation occurred in the Arctic earlier than previously thought is the conclusion of a study published this week in Nature. "The results are also especially exciting because they suggest that sea ice formed in the Arctic before it did in Antarctica, which goes against scientific expectation," says scientific team member Dr Richard Pearce of the University of Southampton's School of Ocean and Earth Science based at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS).The...


Latest Extreme points of Earth Reference Libraries

Antarctica
2013-02-18 10:15:24

Antarctica is the Earths southernmost continent; it contains the geographic South Pole. It’s situated in the Antarctic area of the Southern Hemisphere, almost completely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is bordered by the Southern Ocean. It’s the fifth-largest continent at 5.4 million sq miles. On average, it is the driest, coldest, and windiest continent as well as having the highest average elevation of all the continents. Considered a desert, the annual precipitation is only 8...

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2009-05-14 17:45:56

The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is a U.S. research facility based at the South Pole, in Antarctica. It is the southernmost continually inhabited place on the planet. Its name honors Roald Amundsen who reached the South Pole in December 1911, and Robert F. Scott who reached the South Pole in January 1912. The station was constructed in 1956 to support the International Geophysical Year in 1957. It has been continuously occupied since then. It currently lies within 330 feet of the...

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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