Latest Svalbard Stories

2006-05-30 10:50:00

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO -- A frozen "Noah's Ark" to safeguard the world's crop seeds from cataclysms will be built on a remote Arctic island off Norway, the Norwegian government said on Tuesday. Construction of the Global Seed Vault, in a mountainside on the island of Svalbard 1,000 km (600 miles) from the North Pole, would start in June with completion due in September 2007. "Norway will by this contribute to the global system for ensuring the diversity of food...

2005-12-22 08:11:45

The animals don't get tired, study shows A study released just in time for Santa's nocturnal sleigh ride suggests his reindeer, at least, won't be tired. That's because the day/night cycle at Arctic latitudes is so irregular that reindeer have long ago disposed of all but the faintest of the circadian clocks that humans and other animals are saddled with, according to a Norwegian study. The bottom line: "On his round-the-globe trip on Christmas Eve, Santa would have to work through his 'inner...

2005-10-05 07:15:08

OSLO, Norway -- Living microbes found in what could be 1 million-year-old ice on a remote Arctic island support the theory that the frozen planet Mars could also sustain life, researchers said Tuesday. An international team drilled ice core samples on the remote Svalbard islands at the extinct Sverrefjell volcano. They said that is the only place on Earth with the same minerals - called magnetite crystals - as those found on a meteorite from Mars that was discovered in the Antarctic in 1996....

Word of the Day
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.