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The Arctic is a polar region located at the northernmost part of Earth. The Arctic consists of the Arctic Ocean, adjacent seas, and parts of Alaska (United States), Northern Canada (Canada), Finland, Greenland (Kingdom of Denmark), Iceland, Norway, Russia and Sweden. Land within the Arctic region has seasonally varying snow and ice cover, with predominantly treeless permafrost (permanently frozen underground ice)-containing tundra. Arctic seas contain seasonal sea ice in many places.


The Arctic region is a unique area among Earth's ecosystems. For example, the cultures in the region and the Arctic indigenous peoples have adapted to its cold and extreme conditions. In recent years, Arctic sea ice decline has been caused by global warming. Life in the Arctic includes organisms living in the ice, zooplankton and phytoplankton, fish and marine mammals, birds, land animals, plants and human societies. Arctic land is bordered by the subArctic.

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Last March, Russian President Vladimir Putin posed for a photo beside a large Arctic glacier. Later, he asserted his country's claim to the oil underneath it. “Natural resources, which are of paramount importance for the Russian economy, are concentrated in this region,” he said in remarks to Russian state ...
Unlike the Martian desert in the original Destiny, Helles Basin is an arctic region where players will fight the frozen Hive faction Grasp of Nokris on the way to confront Rasputin, the rogue Warmind. The region will host a new horde-like public event called Escalation Protocol where groups of Guardians face ...

The Arctic is a strange place, and as our climate continues to change, it's changing faster than scientists can understand it. Glaciers are shrinking, sea ice is receding, and, according to NASA, strange holes have started appearing in the ice, and nobody knows what causes them. The photo showing the ...
Construction of the line starts next year when special ice-classed cable ship «Volga» will be delivered to the north from Kerch shipyard on Crimea. A second ship, the «Vyatka», will join the work expected to last until 2025, Izvestia reports with sources to the Ministry of Defense. Large amount of military ...
An international Inuit group is angry they weren't informed that a rocket stage likely containing highly toxic fuel is set to splash down in Arctic waters they routinely hunt for food. Okalik Eegeesiak, of the Inuit Circumpolar Commission, said both the federal government and the European Space Agency again ...
WASHINGTON (Circa) - NASA's Earth Observatory has uncovered a new phenomenon occurring in the Beaufort Sea ice in the Arctic, huge holes. Every year NASA flies a mission over the polar regions called "Operation IceBridge." Their flight's purpose this year was to gather information of areas consisting of sea ice not ...

Another Russian rocket stage likely to be holding highly toxic fuel is slated to splash down in environmentally sensitive waters of the Canadian Arctic on Wednesday. Documents on the website of the European Space Agency say the Cold-War-era missile repurposed for satellites is to lift off from a Russian ...
The arctic regions may seem far away, but the warming temperatures there directly affect our weather here in Minnesota. Decreasing ice has been a big story in both the arctic and the antarctic. Last year was the lowest amount of ice recorded in the arctic at the end of winter, the time when there should be ...
Warmer summer and fall seasons and fewer winter freeze-thaw events have led to changes in the relative numbers of different types of bugs in the Arctic, research shows. Compared with colder years in the past, there are now more plant-eating and parasitic arthropods, and fewer detritivores (the insects ...
For hundreds of years, animals and people have been buried in the frozen ground in the Arctic. Now, that permafrost is thawing and it's exposing those bodies, and whatever killed them, to the outside world. Listen now. Michael Bruce is a public health physician and medical epidemiologist based at the ...
Despite travelogues brimming with northern lights and reindeer rides, daily life in the Finnish and Nordic Arctic can be lonely. The closest shop or school can be hours away and one of the only remaining services is Oula Kotakorva's mobile public library. Serving parts of Finland, Sweden and Norway, Oula ...
Fjallraven Polar is a 300km journey to the Arctic wilderness that is participated by folks from all over the world, as well as a big pack of dogs. Participants were selected by the public through a voting process on Facebook. The other participants selected for this year's expedition were from Finland, Denmark, ...
The Navy have been with the USS Connecticut and USS Hartford for the drills, coordinated by the US Navy's Arctic Submarine Laboratory, and broke through the ice five times during their time in the North Pole. Trenchant emerged some 2,750 miles from her home base of Plymouth to bring the five-week ...
People in 12 Northwest communities can get free health care services this week, thanks to the U.S. Armed Forces' Operation Arctic Care, which happens every three years. Listen now. Paul Hansen is the administrator of the Maniilaq Association, the health-care system for the Northwest Arctic Borough.
As the U.S. government pushes to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development, the entire way of a coastal plain, a people, and the collective memory of a relationship with the land is under critical threat. This makes a recent threat from Alaskan Junior Senator Dan Sullivan so deeply ...
CAPITOL HILL — The Navy will release a new Arctic strategy this summer to reflect the potential for “blue-water Arctic” operations, service leadership said today. Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer told the Senate Armed Services Committee that a Navy Arctic Strategy was set for release this summer, as a ...
Coast Guard Adm. Paul Zukunft has once again appeared before Congress to basically beg for a scrap or two so the service can compete against Russia in the Arctic. In a Tuesday hearing with the House Appropriations Homeland Security subcommittee, Zukunft told lawmakers the US had to demonstrate it ...

If a zombie outbreak were to occur, Alaska is one of the best places to be in terms of survivability. Thus was the comical concession of Michael Bruce last Fri., April 13, as he addressed a packed house at the Beartooth Theatre Pub & Grill regarding the topic, “Can the zombie apocalypse happen in the Arctic ...
Hidden deep at the top of the country's largely unexplored Arctic perimeter, Canada's largest reindeer herd have long lived in solitude. Every spring, the scruffy animals migrate west to their calving grounds on nearby Richards Island to rear their young, but these days they have more to contend with than ...
The Arctic is changing, and the people living there are trying to change with it. A recent conference in Nome brought together leaders from Alaska Native communities to discuss the challenges — and opportunities — facing an evolving Arctic. Listen now. Leaders of Alaska Native communities have very ...
While the eastern United States and large parts of Europe suffered through a long, cold winter, temperatures were nothing short of balmy over much of the Arctic. The North Pole experienced above-freezing weather in February, temperatures over the Arctic Ocean were as much as 13 degrees Fahrenheit ...
Russian President Vladimir Putin has made development of the Arctic a key priority for his current term in office. Submarines, ice-breakers and military hardware have been deployed in the region as the Kremlin vows to 'defend its interests'. In the city of Vorkuta; high above the Arctic Circle, Moscow's plans ...
Documentary filmmaker Jenny Nichols long has been fascinated by the natural world, and her latest video, “Colors of Change,” records the effects of climate change in the Arctic. The Great Falls native's 20-minute film blends three elements. Nichols documented artist Zaria Forman producing stunning, ...
Marine Forces Reserve is the lead service for this year's Arctic Care. Personnel from 4th Dental Battalion and 4th Medical Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, are coordinating and conducting critical mission training and logistical movements with the other military branches to simulate military-civilian ...
National Geographic has selected Kerri Westgard as one of its Teacher Fellows. This means the middle school geography teacher is headed to the Arctic, once school is out at DGF this spring. Studying the world is a passion for teacher Kerri Westgard, Monday her students begin researching the countries ...
The hypothesis of an Arctic ice shelf was first put forward in the 1970s, but there was limited evidence supporting it. When ice reaches the seafloor it causes erosion. Although ice scour marks have been found on the Arctic seafloor previously, it was argued whether the keels of icebergs or an ice shelf ...
High above the Arctic Circle, far from the footprint of human civilization, a significant indication of human-induced climate change has manifested in Lake Hazen, the largest lake by volume north of the Arctic Circle. The lake and surrounding glacial environment are experiencing rapid change as the climate ...
Third, climate change and globalization are opening the Arctic, creating new and more civilian-oriented areas for cooperation between Denmark and the United States. For instance, the US Coast Guard is actively seeking to develop the capacities required for the surveillance of Arctic waters, the conduct of ...
PAXSON, Alaska (AP) – Alaska State Troopers say a man died at this year's Arctic Man snowmobile and skiing event near Paxson. Troopers say 31-year-old Nuiqsut resident Clayton Kaigelak was found dead on Saturday trapped beneath a snow machine. He had been reported missing a day prior after he ...
Arctic Care 2018 is led by the Marines corps reserve and involves all reserve branches. It's a joint mission that is also multi-national which includes the Navy Reserve, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, Army Reserve, Alaska Army National Guard, Coast Guard and Canadian Forces. The experience is ...
On a sunny August afternoon in 2010, the Clipper Adventurer hit an underwater rock shelf near Kugluktuk, Nunavut, carrying 128 Adventure Canada passengers and 69 crew. The nearest ship capable of responding to the incident was the coast guard icebreaker CCGS Amundsen, 500 kilometres away in ...
Climate change has dramatically altered the Arctic, with sea ice melting faster than large-scale models predicted. Part of the reason for this underestimation is the lack of a full understanding of the ponds that develop from the melting ice. A new geometric model of Arctic ponds can reproduce observed ...
Ice Dancing: Powering through the Pure McLaren Arctic Experience. The marque's multiday driving course provides full-throttle fun on a frozen lake in Finland. By Dan Carney on April 3, 2018. Share This Article; Pin It · Reddit; WhatsApp; Tumblr; Print; Talk · A McLaren 570S drifts during the Pure McLaren Arctic Experience.
Paris – Even if humanity stops global warming in its tracks at two degrees Celsius, long seen as the guardrail for a climate-safe world, Arctic sea ice will still disappear in some years, scientists have warned. Holding the line at 1.5 C (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), however, would make a huge difference, ...
In a study released in the Wednesday, April 4, 2018 edition of Biology Letters, scientists have eavesdropped year-round on the songs of bowhead whales which roam the Arctic under the ice, and have found they are more prolific and jazzier than other whales. (Kit M. Kovacs, Christian Lydersen/Norwegian ...
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Bowhead whales, the black filter-feeding giants of the Arctic that can live for 200 years devouring tons of tiny marine creatures, boast another remarkable quality. Their unique underwater songs make them wonderful "jazz" artists. Researchers on Tuesday (April 3) said they ...
Canadian scientists thought one of the Arctic's largest lakes could handle small changes in climate, but it turns out that's not the case. A study published recently in the journal Nature Communications, found that it only took 1 C of warming in the last 18 years to change the ecosystem in Lake Hazen on ...
Climate change is causing significant reduction in Arctic ice totals, opening vast areas of the world's northern seas to transportation and fishing. According to research from the Arctic Council's Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, the Arctic may be ice-free as soon as 2030, though other research ...
Even if humanity stops global warming in its tracks at two degress Celsius, long seen as the guardrail for a climate-safe world, Arctic sea ice will still disappear in some years, scientists have warned. Holding the line at 1.5 degrees Celsius, however, would make a huge difference, according to two separate ...
30-year old Breezy Grenier from Sherman is an ocean scientist who claims the Arctic is melting and she's going to prove it. Grenier and a ... Geology.com. describes the Northwest Passage as a sea route that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans by way of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Between ...
A study examining the effects of climate change on a remote Arctic lake concludes such ecosystems are changing more quickly and profoundly than previously thought. Canadian scientists recently published research on Lake Hazen on Ellesmere Island. They found that even a one-degree temperature ...
Climate change could be altering northern ecosystems more quickly and profoundly than anyone surmised, suggests a study that focused on a large Arctic lake. "Everything is so intricately connected," said lead author Igor Lehnherr of the University of Toronto. "You warm the region and it has this domino ...
A possible explanation is that the build-up of methane below the ocean floor creates bubbles. They could cause very weak tremors as they migrate, expand and release gas into the water column in the area." says Peter Franek first author of the study, and researcher at CAGE Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, ...
We have focused on this evolution over the past few years and most recently highlighted the evolving strategic environment in a series of special reports. Recently, in a press release by the Norwegian government dated March 23, 2018 underscored the requirement to expand digital coverage in the High ...
MOSCOW, March 30. /TASS/. Rosneft will continue geological explorations in the Arctic offshore zone after ExxonMobil quits the joint projects with the Russian state oil company, Natural Resources Minister Sergey Donskoy told reporters. "The Arctic licenses will remain with Rosneft," Donskoy said adding ...
The Independent Barents Observer reports that the first ever shipload of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Russia's Arctic has reached India via the Northern Sea Route. More shipments from Russia's huge LNG plant in Yamal are expected to follow. “One of our main priorities, which is laid down in the ...
"The Arctic sea ice cover continues to be in a decreasing trend and this is connected to the ongoing warming of the Arctic," said Claire Parkinson, senior climate scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre in Maryland. "It's a two-way street: the warming means less ice is going to form and more ice is ...
Since China began to deepen its engagement with the Arctic region over the past decade, culminating in the publication of the country's first White Paper on the region in January this year, much global attention regarding Chinese Arctic interests has centered on Sino-Russian cooperation, including joint ...
Sea ice in the Arctic grew to its annual maximum extent – the largest ice-covered area of the year – last week. NASA scientists said 2018 joined 2015, 2016 and 2017 as the four lowest maximum extents on record. The sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean melts and regrows in an annual cycle, thickening and ...
As Arctic sea ice breaks up, it's starting to move southward faster, creating new and unexpected hazards. More icebergs calving off Greenland add to the threat.


 

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