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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...

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...

2009-09-14 08:13:00

LONDON, September 14 /PRNewswire/ -- - With Photo South African, Mike Horn, is acknowledged as one of the world's greatest modern adventurer-explorers. He has undertaken exceptional feats of endurance, determination and courage that have extended the boundaries of human achievement. Mike Horn is currently undertaking the Pangaea Expedition, which is supported by Officine Panerai. The expedition is a four-year trans-navigation of the globe by sea and by land promoting...

2009-04-17 15:35:00

Three British explorers trekking to the North Pole to assess how fast the Arctic ice sheets are melting said they were astonished at how little permanent ice they have discovered. The team began their 620-mile walk from Canada's Arctic to the North Pole in early March, and had set down in an area scientists were sure would contain permanent multiyear ice. But so far, the average depth of the ice has been slightly less than 6 feet, indicating the team was finding mainly first year ice that...

2009-04-15 16:49:30

Norway agreed to limits on its northern seabed on Wednesday, becoming the first Arctic state to establish such territorial boundaries. The move is part of a regional territorial shuffle driven in part by the potential of finding gas and oil. Norway's newly defined continental shelf, which stops short of the North Pole, covers 90,740 sq miles, roughly three-quarters the size of mainland Norway, said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere.  To the north, the shelf ends 341.8 miles from the...

2009-04-14 09:50:00

British explorers hiking the Arctic sea-ice are out of luck after more technical problems have caused them to resort to old-fashioned techniques to carry out their research. Both a radar device to measure the ice thickness and a satellite communications unit are still not working on Day 44 of the trek, even though the devices were sent to the U.K. for repairs and then redelivered last week to the team. The explorers are now drilling more sampling holes than planned, which means they are...

2009-03-25 12:23:18

A team of researchers from the UK who set off to measure the thickness of Arctic sea-ice that floats toward to the North Pole have been stuck battling extreme weather that has slowed their progress, BBC News reported. After landing on the ice three weeks ago, researchers Pen Hadow, Martin Hartley and Ann Daniels have experienced temperatures as low as -40C with wind chill. However, the weather has currently turned in their favor and the Catlin Arctic Survey team is now covering more than 6...

2009-03-01 15:05:00

Renowned Arctic explorer Pen Hadow and two companions have set out on a grueling 90-day trek to the North Pole, collecting data along the way to determine precisely how fast the Arctic sea-ice is melting, according to the London-based Catlin Arctic Survey. The British explorers were dropped onto the ice by plane about 668 miles off the northern coast of Canada on Saturday. The data the team collects will augment satellite and submarine observations and help experts create a modeling of the...

2009-02-11 13:17:22

A team of polar researchers left London on Wednesday for northern Canada, where they will begin their journey to the Arctic to survey Arctic sea ice in hopes of gaining a better understanding about climate change in the region. Once they reach Canada, Ann Daniels, 44, and Pen Hadow, 46, will assemble their kit before taking another flight to the Arctic for the start of their mission on February 27. Accordinf to an AFP report, the explorers are joined by polar photographer Martin Hartley....

2008-12-14 12:28:38

Elves at North Pole, Alaska, say they're working furiously to send Santa's replies to thousands of U.S. children who mailed him letters this season. The elves estimate they'll have sent 20,000 replies from Santa by Monday -- the U.S. Postal Service deadline that guarantees Old St. Nick's reply will arrive before Christmas Day, reported the Fairbanks (Alaska) News Miner. The effort began in 1954 when personnel at what is now Fort Wainwright answered letters to Santa from children whose fathers...

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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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