Arctic Ocean

Collecting Eiderdown in a (Polar) Bear Market
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A warming Arctic could be trouble for the eider duck—and for the Inuit communities that collect its insulating feathers. 

Polar Bears and People: Cataloging Conflict
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A team of international researchers investigate interactions between the Arctic’s two main predators.

The Path of the Unseen Whale
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Just as a hunter leaves a trail in the snow, a whale forms prints on the water’s surface.

Stealing the Slims River
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River piracy could become more common in a warming world.

Svalbard’s Snow Crabs: a Pincered Proxy for Arctic Oil
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There were the cod wars and then the turbot wars—are the crab wars now upon us?

Book Review: Ice Bear
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A richly illustrated book explores the cultural history of the Arctic’s iconic symbol: the polar bear. 

The Bounty of the Bone Pile
Features

Butchered whales lure polar bears and tourists to a coastal Alaskan town. So far, so good. Sort of.

Arctic Shipping Traffic Has Been Rising for Decades
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The opening of the Arctic Ocean is not a new phenomenon.

How to Fund an Expedition
Features

Charles Francis Hall had the courage to explore the Arctic—and the savvy to get the wealthy to pay for it.

Book Review: Seawomen of Iceland
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For centuries, Icelandic women have been some of the world’s hardiest, and hardest-working, fishing captains. Anthropologist Margaret Willson...

People of the Sea Ice See Cracks Forming
Features

One of Canada’s more northerly communities reinvents its relationship with a thawing landscape.

Global Warming Is Changing How the Ocean Carries Sound
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Scientists are using an underwater drone to study a mysterious new sound channel in the Beaufort Sea.

Archaeological Find Puts Humans in North America 10,000 Years Earlier Than Thought
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New evidence suggests human presence in a Yukon cave during the last ice age 24,000 years ago.

Book Review: An Intimate Wilderness
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In his memoir, Norman Hallendy recounts his journeys—spanning almost 50 years—with the people and landscape of Canada’s Arctic.

New CCGS Sir John Franklin Gets Frosty Reception
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A new Canadian research ship will be named after John Franklin—but is that really a good idea?

“Ghost Forests” Are, Surprisingly, a Sign of Resilience
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Nature is fighting sea level rise in its own way.

An Act of Forgiveness Fuels a Fight in the Arctic
Features

Greenpeace and movie stars mend fences with a Nunavut hamlet as it heads to the Canadian Supreme Court.

Cruising into the Arctic’s Open Arms
Features

As sea ice changes and the Northwest Passage becomes accessible, a luxury cruise ship descends on the small community of Ulukhaktok.

The Collateral Damage of Yankee Whaling
Infographic

New research shows that 100,000 dead whales were just the tip of the iceberg. 

A Different Kind of Oral History
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Marine mammals have a surprising prevalence of dental disease.

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