History

Hark! A Sea Monster! (Oh, No, Just a Dying Whale)
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All those strange sea monster sightings in days of yore? This may be the best explanation yet.

The Origins of Ghana’s Iconic Black Star Line
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The focal point of the African nation’s flag was inspired by the name of its first shipping line.

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

The Uncertain Future of Puffin for Dinner
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Hunting and eating puffins are Icelandic traditions. But for how much longer?

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.

Claiming a Slice of Ice with the Help of Some Stamps
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Sixty years ago, a humble post office helped New Zealand stake a claim in Antarctica.

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.

The Secret Language of Salmon Skin Coats
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From keeping one dry to securing a life partner, these ancient garments served many purposes.

Santa Claus Is Coming to Port
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Before he was seasonal, he was seagoing.

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?

Forget Fiberglass, This Surfing Champion Rides Reeds
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An ancient Peruvian tradition of building and paddling reed boats is kept alive by a small group of fishermen, including Juninho Urcia, a...

In South Africa, Colonialism Was Written on Stone
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An ocher painting of a ship from the early 18th century serves as a visual reminder of the clash between indigenous peoples and settlers.

He’s Got the Whole Coast in His Hand
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One-of-a-kind handheld maps of Greenland are an early example of the intimate relationship the Inuit have with their landscape.

Return of the Mummers
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The people of Newfoundland and Labrador revive an eccentric tradition that’s part Christmas, part Halloween, to celebrate the holidays.

An Act of Forgiveness Fuels a Fight in the Arctic
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Greenpeace and movie stars mend fences with a Nunavut hamlet as it heads to the Canadian Supreme Court.

The 6,000-Year-Old Village
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Traditional knowledge meets Western science on the central coast of British Columbia. 

The Dark Side of Lighthouses
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Mouthfuls of molten lead, wild weather, and insanity: the occupational hazards of an early lighthouse keeper.

Weapons of War Litter the Ocean Floor
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At least one million tonnes of chemical weapons were dumped in the oceans between 1919 and 1980. Now what?

Book Review: Finding Franklin
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Teasing the fate of Sir John Franklin’s expedition from the frozen Arctic has been an obsession of searchers since 1854.

Biased Tide Gauges Mean We’ve Been Systematically Underestimating Sea Level Rise
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Most historical tide gauges were installed in the northern hemisphere, a legacy that has been skewing scientists’ modern interpretations of sea...

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