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21 October 2011

Atlantic ocean catch in total 2011

The first graph shows the Atlantic Ocean. The blue colour is the northwest and the orange for northeast.

20 October 2011

Fin Whale decomposing on an island off Nuuk, Greenland

It is assumed from the existence of Stone Age rock carvings of whales that Neolithic folk knew of them, though it is not clear if their knowledge was from animals washed up or stranded on beaches, or weather they hunted whales, using boats to drive them to shore for killing. That technique, still used in the Faroe Islands today, was certainly in use in the 9th century Norway.

19 October 2011

Lubov Radnaeva, secretary of the UArctic council and Lars Kullerud, president of the UArctic.

The Canadian government has slashed its funding to the University of the Arctic from 710.000 to 150.000. Subsequently Canada will lose the office it hosted at the University of Saskatchewan, which was staffed by UArctic’s dean of undergraduate studies, Hayley Hesseln.

18 October 2011

ice saltellite

ESA’s ice satellite is collecting data in the two poles, and the project is going well. The satellite is to give precise measurements of the vast ice sheets that blanket Greenland and Antarctica.

14 October 2011

Oil in the southern part of the Arctic

In the southern part of the Arctic the dream of oil is still alive. Iceland is hoping to find oil in the Dreki area but the crisis hit country could benefit by other means.

13 October 2011

Map - Sea Ice Drift

Blocks of sea ice break annually from large ice caps in the Arctic. These blocks of ice can be up to kilometers in width.

12 October 2011

Antarctic arctic trucks

Icelandic company Arctic Trucks announced today that a new world record of the fastest overland journey to the South Pole has been officially recognized by Guinness World Records.

11 October 2011

A hot water drill will melt through the frozen ice sheet

British expedition is going to Antarctica to search for life. Their plan is to dig, with hot water, three kilometers down the ice.

10 October 2011

Arctic Trucks

Icelandic company Arctic Trucks has finished building a new six wheeler truck, specially made to drive in the Antarctic. The foundations are a Toyota Hilux.

6 October 2011

Hundres of thousands of old barrels with waste-oil on Franz Josef Land

Russia has put 10 million Euros into a project aiming at cleaning the Arctic. Environmental issues are high on the Russian Arctic agenda.

5 October 2011

Yamal icebreaker at the North Pole

Lack of icebreakers will most likely halt any tourism activity by cruise ships on the North Pole next year. Because of increased traffic by Russian vessels in the Northern Sea Route the icebreakers have enough to do.

5 October 2011

Marine researchers Bjarte Bogstad and Harald Gjøsæter show map of cod stock dissemination in the Barents Sea

The cod is moving further north then ever before. Huge amounts of cod have been found northerly in the Barents Sea, as far north as 82 degrees much to researcher’s surprise.