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2012-08-25 08:58:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online The search for a pair of ships from the ill-fated 1845 Franklin Expedition, which began four years ago, will continue, as officials from the Canadian government announced Thursday that a new expedition would depart this week in an attempt to find the location of those vessels. According to Reuters, archeologists and divers began their hunt for the lost British vessels HMS Erebus and HMS Terror in 2008. Those ships were...

Arctic Sea Ice Expected To Hit Record Low Soon
2012-08-22 07:46:38

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is likely to hit its lowest next week and then keep on shrinking. Scientists at the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center say data shows that the sea ice coverage is tracking below the previous record low, set in 2007. Arctic sea ice extent during the first two weeks of August continues to track below the 2007 record low daily ice extents. As of August 13, ice extent is already among the four lowest...

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2012-02-22 04:34:26

Policy, solutions and funding for new initiatives: ESA is joining forces at two events with decision-makers, universities, industry and users to map how space services can contribute to emerging challenges in the Arctic. At the forefront are climate change, transport safety and security, and sustainable exploitation. Climate fluctuations are rapidly changing the Arctic, making the region increasingly accessible. The melting of ice is transforming it from one of primarily scientific...

Bowhead Whales Use Northwest Passage To Migrate
2011-09-22 12:44:41

   According to research published in the journal Biology Letters, bowhead whales are using the Northwest Passage to move across the top of the Americas. Scientists analyzed skeletons, DNA samples and harpoon heads and found these giants of the Arctic living on each side of the continent did meet and mingle. Mads Peter Heide-Jorgensen from the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources and colleagues satellite-tagged over 100 bowheads over the last decade. The researchers...

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2011-08-26 06:20:31

  A new report from the European Space Agency (ESA) shows that sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has receded dramatically during this summer, opening up two new shipping lanes - the Canadian Northwest Passage and Russia´s Northern Sea Route. The summer of 2007 recorded the lowest amount of sea ice since satellite observations began in 1979. That season was hit with unusual weather; skies opened over the central Arctic Ocean and wind patterns pushed warm air into the region,...

2011-06-01 14:56:27

Global warming over the next 40 years will cut through Arctic transportation networks like a double-edged sword, limiting access in certain areas and vastly increasing it in others, a new UCLA study predicts. "As sea ice continues to melt, accessibility by sea will increase, but the viability of an important network of roads that depend on freezing temperatures is threatened by a warming climate," said Scott Stephenson, a UCLA graduate student in geography and the study's lead author. Winners...

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2011-05-30 05:45:00

Whatever one may think of global warming, a new study illustrates that the Arctic is staying warmer for longer. Just visit the roads that are built on the ice in the winter for proof, AFP is reporting. "As sea ice continues to melt, accessibility by sea will increase, but the viability of an important network of roads that depend on freezing temperatures is threatened by a warming climate," said Scott Stephenson of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The new study is the first...

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2011-05-11 14:37:30

Arctic nation leaders will gather in Greenland this week to determine future cooperation as global warming sets off a race for oil, mineral, fishing and shipping opportunities in the world's fragile final frontier. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton will join foreign ministers from seven other Arctic states in Greenland's tiny capital of Nuuk on Thursday for an Arctic Council meeting on the next steps for a region where warming temperatures are creating huge challenges and unlocking untapped...

2011-03-03 09:11:00

WATERBURY, Vt., March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Quark Expeditions, a polar travel specialist, has been nominated by Travel and Leisure as the World's Best Tour Operator in the magazine's annual consumer survey. On learning of the nomination, Hans Lagerweij, president of Quark, remarked, "Our 20th anniversary is turning out to be a year to remember!" (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110303/NE58615 ) Lagerweij explained, "In January, we added Sea Spirit to our fleet for a new...

2011-01-24 11:00:00

WATERBURY, Vt., Jan. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Together, Starpath School of Navigation and Quark Expeditions will provide amateur and advanced sailors alike a unique opportunity to transit the Holy Grail of Arctic exploration while earning certification in several areas of navigation. Starpath has trained passionate sailors in all phases of marine navigation and weather since 1978. Quark, a polar expedition specialist founded in 1991, has sailed the Northwest Passage with adventure travelers...


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Admiral Sir George Back
2014-01-07 10:58:04

Admiral Sir George Back FRS, born November 6th of 1796 and died on June 23rd of 1878, was a British naval officer, naturalist, artist, and explorer of the Canadian Arctic. He was born in Stockport. When he was a boy, he went to sea as a volunteer in the frigate HMS Arethusa in the year 1808 and participated in the destruction of batteries on the Spanish coast. In the following year he was involved in the fighting in the Bay of Biscay up until he was captured by the French. He remained a...

Roald Amundsen
2013-10-29 11:20:57

Roald Amundsen was a Norwegian explorer that was known for his expeditions into polar regions. He is best known for his discovery of the South Pole, being the first recognized explorer to reach the North Pole, and being the first explorer to travel along the Northwest Passage. He was born to Jens Amundsen and Hanna Sahlqvist in July of 1872. His family owned and managed a number of ships, but his mother did not want him to join the family trade, encouraging him to become a doctor. Amundsen...

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