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Extreme Weather Events May Synchronize Entire Communities Of Species
2013-01-18 04:26:31

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have known that climate change affects the population dynamics of single species, such as reindeer or caribou, but the effects of such climate change at the community level have been much harder to document and quantify. A new study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has found that extreme climate events cause a synchronized population fluctuation among all vertebrate species in a relatively...

2011-05-02 16:35:00

WATERBURY, Vt., May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- National Geographic Traveler has named "Three Arctic Islands: Triple the Adventure" one of 2011's 50 Tours of a Lifetime. To qualify for the honor an expedition had to be one of the "most authentic, most innovative, most immersive, best-guided, and most sustainable tours." This 13-day cruise is exclusive to Quark Expeditions, a Vermont-based, polar tour operator specializing in the polar regions since 1991. (Photo:...

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2011-02-27 07:33:33

Scientists are unraveling the environmental changes that took place around the Arctic during an exceptional episode of ancient global warming. Newly published results from a high-resolution study of sediments collected on Spitsbergen represent a significant contribution to this endeavor. The study was led by Dr Ian Harding and Prof John Marshall of the University of Southampton's School of Ocean and Earth Science (SOES), based at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. Around 56...

2010-03-11 13:53:00

WATERBURY, Vt., March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Five experienced Expedition Leaders are returning to the Arctic in 2010, announced Vermont-based polar adventure specialist Quark Expeditions. "Expedition Leaders are the X factor," said Patrick Shaw, president. "The best ELs add something extra to an expedition through their personalities and passion for the regions through which they lead travelers." (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100311/NE69181 ) To celebrate the announcement,...

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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2008-02-27 00:05:00

Scientists from the University of Oslo announced their discovery of a fossilized, 150 million-year-old "sea monster" on Spitspergen, in the Arctic island chain of Svalbard. The 50 ft. sea reptile, nicknamed "The Monster", is the biggest on record, and is one of 40  such fossils discovered on the island.  A prior field expedition in the area revealed remains of another large pliosaur that is thought to be among the same species as "The Monster".   Dr. Jorn Hurum, the...

2005-08-15 11:08:34

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - Scientists have tracked a tagged polar bear swimming at least 46 miles in just one day -- and maybe up to 62 miles providing the first conclusive proof the bears can cover such giant distances in the water. Bears often roam thousands of miles in a year in search of prey such as seals and there has often been anecdotal evidence of lengthy swims, with bears turning up on remote islands or across wide bays. However,...


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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'