Morning in Svalbard

Today in Liefdefjorden, Svalbard, by Rebcecca Jackrel. (via: kateoplis)

For the first time in 10,000 years, whales navigate the Northwest Passage #ClimateChange

Whales navigate Northwest Passage for first time in nearly 10,000 years

The team says the discovery has huge implications for the ecology of marine life in the region.

“[The findings] are perhaps an early sign that other marine organisms have begun exchanges between the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans across the Arctic,” they say.

“Some of these exchanges may be harder to detect than bowhead whales, but the ecological impacts could be more significant should the ice-free Arctic become a dispersion corridor between the two oceans.”

Source: desdemonadespair

The Arctic Coast of Russia

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EnglishRussia:

A great number of polar owls, white geese, brant geese, Arctic foxes, walruses and other animals live here.

Today, safety of the natural resources of this island is provided by the absence of population. But earlier, the government tried to explore new territory using different methods. So a trading station, reindeer farm, military airdrome and anti-aircraft defense base have been built here at that time.

Tons of fuel and lubricants, work equipment and food provision for 200 residents of a small village have been delivered to this place. But then people left it, and all the garbage and idle equipment remained on its junkyards.

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97-square mile ice island breaks away from Greenland


NASA MODIS image from Aug. 5, 2010, shows a large chunk of ice has broken away from Greenland’s Petermann Glacier (iceberg is just to the right of center). Credit: NASA

WaPo:

NASA’s MODIS satellite sensor, which has a history of providing breathtaking shots of our planet, was at it again yesterday. A large — approximately 97-square-mile — chunk of ice broke away from the Petermann Glacier in northern Greenland. This new ice island (as seen in the image above just to the right of center) is the largest iceberg formed in the Arctic since 1962, according to a University of Delaware news release. It’s about 40-percent larger than the District of Columbia.