History

Getting the Drift
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Messages in bottles are not just good fun; they’re also good science.

Finding Utica’s Hidden Harbor
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Archaeologists are honing in on the ancient Phoenician city’s long lost harbor.

Ancient Vikings Settled Greenland for the Ivory
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New archaeological research hints at a new reason for Vikings’ Greenland occupation.

Bird-Bone Needles and Sinew Thread
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Artful kakpik (a needle case) carved from ivory or bone carried sewing tools essential for Arctic survival.

Book Review: Barbarian Days
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The memoir of a life lived on the water, from a veteran writer and surfer.

Echoes of Lives Lost on Haida Gwaii
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The crumbling poles of a Haida cultural site speak to visitors.

Lessons from the Bohemian Salmon
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How central Europeans tried, and failed, to stop the local extinction of the Atlantic salmon. 

A Requiem for an Ice Shelf
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Ellesmere Island’s ice shelves are fading, and with them the legacies of generations of polar explorers.

Old Coast, New Coast: Victoria, British Columbia
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Victoria’s harbor has hosted paddling rivalries and marked cultural milestones for generations.

Book Review: Coastlines
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A nature journalist explores the practical and metaphorical meanings of the British coast.

The Captain and the Punch Bowl
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Those were the days—when booze and pottery cemented social relationships.

Manjirō Nakahama: From Castaway to Samurai
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The first Japanese person to live in the United States, Manjirō’s incredible journeys are seafaring legend.

The Little Post Office That Could
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When Britain dubbed Herm Island too tiny to merit a post office, the islanders found a way to get that problem licked. 

The Surfing Sculptor
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In Mahabalipuram, India, a fisherman turned surfer turned sculptor helps shape the region’s growing surf scene.

Navigating a Sticky Situation
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People from the Marshall Islands created beautiful, unconventional charts to navigate across the sea.

Five Islands We Are Really Sick Of
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An island stay sounds dreamy, but the reality of these five quarantine islands was often a nightmare.

Striking While the Water Is Warm
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The current sea star wasting epidemic may have more in common with past outbreaks than previously believed. 

The Scientific Afterlife of Sharks
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When four sharks died in Florida, their corpses were split among a dozen research projects.

Close Encounters with a Big Squid
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Giant squid are so elusive they seem mythical. Here are five places that prove they’re real.

Stories from the Seven Seas
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Coastal stories that washed up on our shore.

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