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2008-10-22 09:25:00

Five years after his solo trek, Pen Hadow from Britain will return to the North Pole to determine when Arctic summer sea ice will disappear forever.  Hadow will be part of a team collecting accurate measurements of the thickness of the ice. As the ice recedes, countries that surround the region are racing to claim some of the richest mineral and marine resources on the surface of the earth.  These nations can now remove these natural resources that were once covered by thick layers...

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2008-09-11 10:15:00

A senior commander with the United States Coast Guard said there is a risk of conflict in the Arctic if international border disputes are not resolved. "The potential is there with undetermined boundaries and great wealth for conflict, or competition," Rear Adm Gene Brooks told BBC News during a patrol flight over the Arctic.  "There's always a risk of conflict," he said, particularly "where you do not have established, delineated, agreed-upon borders".   Brooks is making an...

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2008-07-31 07:15:00

Although new evidence suggests that a long-term thawing of Arctic sea ice is currently under way, scientists withdrew previous prediction that the ice would shrink below a 2007 record low this year. Previous reports highlighted a fear that the drastic melt witnessed in 2007 could lead to a total melt of ice on the North Pole. "Most likely there will not be a new record minimum ice year in the Arctic this September," said Ola M. Johannessen of the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing...

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2008-07-29 13:35:00

Russian explorers reached the bottom of Lake Baikal in Siberia "” the world's deepest lake "” but said they fell short of breaking the record for the deepest freshwater dive. The Mir-1 submarine descended 1,580m (5,184ft) and not a record 1,680m as was earlier claimed, organizers said. The mission is part of a research project led by Artur Chilingarov, a scientist and Kremlin-backed member of parliament, to research and promote conservation of the lake. Lake Baikalwas declared a...

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2008-07-29 09:05:00

MOSCOW -- When a Russian submersible plunged to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean last year and placed a titanium Russian flag on the seabed, the gesture was meant to symbolically stake the Kremlin's claim to territory under the North Pole and whatever energy riches lay untapped there. From the looks of a new report compiled by American geologists, the Kremlin may want to move that flag. The U.S. Geological Survey last week released its assessment of undiscovered oil and natural gas in the...

2008-07-28 21:00:31

MOSCOW _ When a Russian submersible plunged to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean last year and placed a titanium Russian flag on the seabed, the gesture was meant to symbolically stake the Kremlin's claim to territory under the North Pole and whatever energy riches lay untapped there. From the looks of a new report compiled by American geologists, the Kremlin may want to move that flag. The U.S. Geological Survey last week released its assessment of undiscovered oil and natural gas in the...

2008-07-12 09:00:31

By Simon Calder Karen Carpenter, get out of my head. Right now, I am aboard a polar expedition vessel just 10 degrees from the North Pole. I'm on top of the world, looking down on creation, and the only tune that's whizzing around my brain is The Carpenters' 1973 hit, "Top of the World". Spitsbergen, where I have spent the past couple of weeks, has every right to be considered the top of the world. This Norwegian island, the main part of the Svalbard archipelago, is only 600 nautical...

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2008-06-27 11:25:00

Many polar scientists believe that ice at the North Pole stands a good chance of completely disappearing over the course of the year. Some scientists say the ice at 90 degrees north may well have melted away by the summer. The massive melting of such a well-known arctic location would be a symbolic example of the great impact of global warming. "From the viewpoint of science, the North Pole is just another point on the globe, but symbolically it is hugely important. There is supposed to...

2008-06-20 16:40:40

With 8 inches of hail falling in parts of Nebraska this week and Arizona reaching triple digit temperatures last week, it may seem rather arbitrary to call June 20 the first day of the summer this year, aka the summer solstice. But scientists really do have a reason. It's all about Earth's cockeyed leanings and some celestial configurations that even the ancients understood. Our planet is tilted 23.5 degrees on its spin axis. On June 20 this year (some years it's June 21), the...

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2007-12-21 08:36:44

MINNEAPOLIS -- Will Steger is fit and trim at 63, planning his latest grueling expedition to the far reaches of the planet, and loathe to take a vacation. But he's getting ready to turn things over to the youngsters. When the famed Minnesota explorer leads an expedition to the Canadian Arctic early next year, to draw attention to retreating glaciers and other apparent signs of climate change, the oldest of the six explorers accompanying him will be 28. The idea is to focus on "emerging...


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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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'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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