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2010-09-07 11:28:00

WATERBURY, Vt., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- When Quark Expeditions 2010 Arctic expedition cruise season comes to an end September 8, preparation for its history-making 20th anniversary season begins. In 1991, the company operated two expeditions, one to the North Pole and the first ever passenger transit of the Northeast Passage. To mark the company's 20th anniversary, Quark returns to the North Pole, June 23 to July 7, 2011. The 20th anniversary vacation cruise through the Northeast Passage...

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2010-03-01 14:20:00

A Stockholm research institute said Monday that China has started exploring how to reap economic and strategic benefits from the ice melting at the Arctic due to global warming. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said that Chinese officials have been cautious in expressing interest in the region for fear of causing alarm among the five countries bordering the Arctic. "The prospect of the Arctic being navigable during summer months, leading to both shorter...

2009-08-18 13:24:00

SEATTLE, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Now traversing the Northwest Passage, the Ocean Watch crew - four professional sailors, a scientist and an educator - recently completed the deployment of three NOAA Global Drifter Program buoys. Dr. Ignatius Rigor, research scientist at the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory (UW-APL) Polar Science Center and Coordinator of the International Arctic Buoy Program (IABP) is directing these activities. This project, one of 8 scientific projects...

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...

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2008-10-05 12:02:22

After reaching the second-lowest extent ever recorded last month, sea ice in the Arctic has begun to refreeze in the face of autumn temperatures, closing both the Northern Sea Route and the direct route through the Northwest Passage. This year marked the first time since satellite measurements began in the 1970s that the Northern Sea Route, also known as the Northeast Passage, and the Northwest Passage were both open at the same time for a few weeks. "NIC analysis of ESA's Envisat and other...

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2008-08-11 10:45:00

The German Research Vessel Polarstern had to prove its ice breaking capabilities in Arctic waters to gain data on two series of long-term research measurements. After working in regions up to latitude 82° N, Polarstern of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association entered port in Reykjavik (Iceland) on August 10th. "This year, we had to cope with exceptional heavy ice coverage", says chief scientist Prof. Gerhard Kattner. The sea ice covered...

2007-08-13 21:18:35

By JONATHAN MONTPETIT MONTREAL (CP) - While the federal government eyes the economic benefits of a shipping route through Canada's north, scientists are warning that the fabled passage cannot come about without serious costs to the environment. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has ramped up efforts recently to assert Canadian sovereignty over the Northwest Passage, a potentially lucrative route to Asia that could open year-round thanks to global warming. But researchers studying the...

2005-12-05 17:53:56

By David Fogarty MONTREAL (Reuters) - The chief scientist aboard the Canadian icebreaker CCGS Amundsen knows all about climate change. Every year, the ocean-going laboratory carries out extensive surveys of the ocean in the Canadian Arctic and signs of rapid warming are growing ever more alarming for indigenous people in the region and a greater threat for polar bears and seals. Summertime sea-ice cover and thickness are shrinking each year and 2005 marked a turning point,...

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2005-12-06 00:50:00

By David Fogarty MONTREAL -- The chief scientist aboard the Canadian icebreaker CCGS Amundsen knows all about climate change. Every year, the ocean-going laboratory carries out extensive surveys of the ocean in the Canadian Arctic and signs of rapid warming are growing ever more alarming for indigenous people in the region and a greater threat for polar bears and seals. Summertime sea-ice cover and thickness are shrinking each year and 2005 marked a turning point, professor Louis Fortier...