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Cool Things from the Arctic Ice

Posted September 21, 2011 @ 6:48pm | by TravelWild

Arctic Light

Norwegian photographer Terje Sorgjerd has created a stunning time lapse video of a bejeweled Arctic.

“The Sunset and Sunrise are connected in one magnificent show of color and light lasting from 8 to 12 hours. The sun is barely going below the horizon before coming up again. This is the most colorful light that I know, and the main reason I have been going up there for the last four years, at the exact same time of year, to photograph.”

Arctic Melt

German researchers have concluded that this year’s summer Arctic ice cover is the lowest on record, surpassing the previous record low set in 2007. The US National Snow and Ice Data Center believes the ice melt is second to that of 2007, but melting may continue.

Yet to be determined is whether the reported sea ice cover will be the lowest for the year. Annual minimums are usually reached around mid-September.

“We’re getting close, but there’s still the potential for further loss of ice,” said Walt Meier, a research scientist at the Boulder, Colorado-based National Snow and Ice Data Center.

“Ice coverage could diminish either through more melt or from winds or both,” Meier said. “However, some areas, including those near the North Pole, were showing signs of ice growth.”

“Probably there’s a little bit of both going on—there’s melting and refreezing,” he said.

More compelling than graphics and statistics is Sir David Attenborough’s storytelling. Here, he transforms our unprecedented Arctic situation into an eloquent call to action.

Arctic Bears

Color and landscapes, iconic bears and extreme conditions, the Arctic has it all. Be amazed at the feats of “the bear who dared” and enjoy this sweet video of a cub’s first day in the snow.

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