Frank Pokiak remembers long days on the land, camped at traditional hunting grounds under June's 24-hour sun, secure in the knowledge sea ice would provide a safe highway back to his Tuktoyaktuk home. Those days are gone.
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Prof. Christian Sonne and Mikkel Sinding talk about scanning Arctic wolf skulls, investigating changes in bone density over time. In the long run, findings could have implications for human health. Interview starts at 13:03 (in Danish).
The University of Manitoba, in collaboration with the Greenland Institute for Natural Resources and Aarhus University in Denmark, has established the Arctic Science Partnership. As part of this partnership, the Department of Environment and Geography will be offering a field course in Arctic Science. The focus of this year’s field course is on Snow Covered Sea Ice.
So far it has been a mystery why the Vikings left Greenland after inhabiting the place for almost 500 years. New geological investigations point toward climate change as the driving force, bringing about more cold and ice.
People and animals living in the Arctic tend to have high amounts of mercury in their tissues, and now researchers have uncovered a growing source of the most toxic variety of the metal. The team reports that Arctic sea ice holds large amounts of methylmercury that may enter marine ecosystems at increasing rates as the ice melts due to climate change (Environ. Sci.