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Latest Laptev Sea Stories

2013-10-30 10:39:33

The high cliffs of Eastern Siberia – which mainly consist of permafrost – continue to erode at an ever quickening pace. This is the conclusion which scientists of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research have reached after their evaluation of data and aerial photographs of the coastal regions for the last 40 years. According to the researchers, the reasons for this increasing erosion are rising summer temperatures in the Russian permafrost regions as...

SMOS Versatility Offers Sea Ice Mapping
2011-12-21 04:27:20

ESA´s SMOS mission is proving to be extremely versatile. Not only does this pioneering satellite offer crucial data on soil moisture and ocean salinity, but it can also map the thickness of ice floating in the polar seas. The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite carries an innovative passive microwave radiometer to capture images of ℠brightness temperature´. These images correspond to microwave radiation emitted from Earth´s surface and can be related to...

2011-10-06 15:36:00

WATERBURY, Vt., Oct. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Quark Expeditions, the leader in polar adventure, announced the addition of a new Russian icebreaker, Kapitan Dranitsyn, to the company's fleet. Built in Finland in 1980 and upgraded in 1999, this vessel is a powerful icebreaker designed for reaching the most remote and raw Arctic landscapes. The Kapitan Dranitsyn is virtually identical to her sister ship, the famous Kapitan Khlebnikov. In addition, Quark has announced two unique...

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2010-01-11 09:30:33

The increase in temperature in the Arctic has already caused the sea-ice there to melt. According to research conducted by the University of Gothenburg, if the Arctic tundra also melts, vast amounts of organic material will be carried by the rivers straight into the Arctic Ocean, resulting in additional emissions of carbon dioxide. Several Russian rivers enter the Arctic Ocean particularly in the Laptev Sea north of Siberia. One of the main rivers flowing into the Laptev Sea is the Lena,...