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These are all available episodes of Curiously Polar. Total: 104 episodes.

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Date: 08/11/2020
Duration: 00:25:39
106 The Impact of Covid-19 on Polar Research
Video version of this episode As COVID-19 sweeps the planet, measure to contain the virus are affecting research programs on both, the Arctic and Antarctic. While in the Arctic, travel restrictions of countries like Norway, Greenland, Canada and the US restricts resupply of existing projects on the Greenlandic icecap as well as in the Arctic Ocean, the far south is even more affected. Medical care in Antarctica being limited, most research programs have been put on halt and are going to have to take a gap year. And even though no project is being cancelled, no activities are being cancelled, it's all just being postponed, there are only a few years left to make some very significant changes to avoid the worst of climate change consequences, and science can’t afford to wait an entire year.

Date: 07/28/2020
Duration: 00:25:51
105 New islands in the Arctic
Video version of this episode While the Arctic warms up to six times faster than the rest of the world according to the latest findings, the melting of glaciers leads to the discovery and/or formation of new islands. In 2019, Norwegian researchers discovered on satellite images that with the melting of the Bragebreen and Gimlebreen glaciers the previous Brageneset headland on the southwestern tip of Nordaustlandet has turned out to be an island of approximately 10km2. Similar cases emerged already in the Russian High Arctic where research vessels of the Russian Navy discovered new islands in the archipelagos Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land. The largest of the five new islands is 54,500 km2. In 2015-2018, more than 30 new islands, bays, capes and straits were found. And that is not the end of the story. Polish researchers have discovered changes to the map of Norway, which could result in the country’s largest Arctic island splitting in two. Radar soundings by Polish researchers show that Spitsbergen could split in two as the Hornbreen and Hambergbreen glaciers on the island retreat every year. This would create a new channel of water between the seas on either side of the island – effectively splitting the island. “The conclusion coming from the surveys is that the glacier bed is below sea level and no obstacles have been identified that might prevent connection of the Barents Sea and the Greenland Sea when glaciers have retreated,” Polish researcher Mariusz Grabiec says.The northern parts of the Barents Sea and Spitsbergen are among the places with the fastest temperature rise on our planet. Svalbard, the fastest-heating place on earth, is a live laboratory for everyone studying the dramatic effects of the climate crisis. While world leaders travel to New York on September 23 for the UN Climate Action Summit to find ways to limit the global temperature to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, temperatures on Svalbard have already risen by 4 °C. At Spitsbergen, the largest island on the archipelago, both permafrost and glacier are melting in a speed nobody could predict a few years ago. It will likely be not the last new islands to appear in the Arctic.

Date: 07/14/2020
Duration: 00:37:41
104 100 Years of Svalbard Treaty
Watch the video This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most remarkable international treaties - The Spitsbergen Treaty. Signed in times of tremendous turmoil right after World War I the 14 countries recognises the sovereignty of Norway over the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, at the time called Spitsbergen. Over the years, more than 40 states have ratified the treaty grant numerous rights to the signatory countries, such as access to Svalbard including the right to fish, hunt or undertake any kind of maritime, industrial, mining or trade activity. But the times of the celebrations are overshadowed by threats and gestures from parties who interpret the contract differently. And so it remains exciting to see where the next 100 years of the contract will lead, that taught lessons of territorial temptation and regulates the handling of the northernmost part of Europe.

Date: 06/30/2020
Duration: 00:33:36
103 Voices of the North, pt. V - The Sound of the Far East
Video version of this episode The ‘shore of two oceans’ is home to an ancient, Paleo-Siberian group of Arctic natives. With roughly 16,000 people the Chukchi who live in the interior of the Chukchi peninsula have traditionally been herdsmen and hunters of reindeer, while those who live along the coasts of the Arctic Ocean, the Chukchi Sea, and the Bering Sea have customarily hunted sea mammals such as seals, whales, walruses, and sea lions. The Chukchi call themselves the Lygoravetlat, which means "genuine people." In their long, turbulent and changeable history, the Chukchi did not have many constants, and its cultural traditions, such as music and shamanism, have suffered particularly in recent history. The Chukchi represent a kind of bridge between cultures and combine throat singing with drum dance, later also with classical singing. Their unbreakable link with the natural world is found over and over in Chukchi folklore. The rich tradition, nurtured by centuries of development, is made up of numerous tales of animals and people. What is unique for the Chukchi, however, is that only women practiced both the local form of throat singing and drum dancing in order to say goodbye to the men who set off on the hunt. But in addition to the state-organized ethnic folklore groups, there are also young, up-and-coming bands that integrate the traditional music of the Chukchi into contemporary music.

Date: 06/17/2020
Duration: 00:22:36
102 The Greatest Ecological Disaster Since Exxon Valdez
Watch this episode as a video. In the beginning of June Russia has declared a state of emergency, just five days after a power plant fuel leak in its Arctic region caused 20,000 tonnes of diesel oil to escape into a local river, turning its surface crimson red. The Ambarnaya river, into which the oil has been discharged, is part of a network that flows into the environmentally sensitive Arctic Ocean. Built on permafrost that’s rapidly melting in a warming Arctic, the pillars that supported the plant’s fuel tank started to sink. Two days passed before local authorities learned of the spill from the Nadezhdinsky Metallurgical Plant. Even then, local officials only learned of the spill from social media. The plant is operated by a division of Nornickel, whose factories in the area have made the city of Norilsk one of the most heavily polluted places on Earth. Open a map of the area The surprisingly open media coverage of this incident gives an unprecedented insight into mining and drilling operations in the Russian Arctic and its connected threats for the fragile environment. Environmentalists have said the river would be difficult to clean, given its shallow waters and remote location, as well as the magnitude of the spill. A World Wildlife Fund speaking to the AFP news agency described this as the second-largest known oil leak in modern Russia’s history in terms of volume. The Russian chapter of activist group Greenpeace said damages to the Arctic waterways could be at least 6 billion rubles (over $76 million), and has compared the incident to Alaska’s 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster. Its estimate does not include atmospheric damage due to greenhouse gases and soil pollution. The installed buoys will only help collect a small part of the pollution, leading us to say that nearly all the diesel fuel will remain in the environment. The clean-up effort could take between 5-10 years.

Date: 06/02/2020
Duration: 00:40:05
101 Voices of the North, pt. IV - Microcosm of a Vanishing Culture
Spread over an immense tundra and forest-tundra zone from the Kanin Peninsula on the European side to the Taimyr Peninsula on the Siberian side of the Russian North, the Nenets are one of 40 Russias indigenous small-numbered peoples of the North, Siberia, and the Far East. Like their ancestors, they are still mainly nomadic people with their main subsistence coming from hunting and reindeer herding. Their shamanistic and animistic belief system, which stresses respect for the land and its resources, also intimately linked their song tradition with shamanistic ritual in the past. But the Nenet’s song is much more complex and contains several different types. Part four of our exploration of Arctic indigenous music. Here's what kept Chris busy for the last weeks: PHOTO SENSEI - interactive video sessions with your favorite photographers and educators

Date: 05/19/2020
Duration: 00:37:45
100 Voices of the North, pt. III - The beauty of Joiks
Spread over a vast area, covering four countries, the Sámi people have inhabited the arctic and sub-arctic regions of Fennoscandia for over 3,500 years. To make up for past suppression, the authorities of Norway, Sweden and Finland now make an effort to build up Sámi cultural institutions and promote Sámi culture and language. Currently, the revitalisation of the Sami culture has grown strong and the Sami traditions have been reinvigorated by increasing awareness and conscious efforts to preserve the Sami culture as a unique and valued part of the Scandinavian societies. A characteristic feature of Sámi musical tradition is the singing of joik. Joiks are song-chants and are traditionally sung a cappella, usually sung slowly and deep in the throat with the apparent emotional content of sorrow or anger. In a way, it is similar to the Inuit throat singing and isn’t at the same time. Using the voice and forming sounds deep in the throat might appear similar, the outcome and performance, however, is completely different. Joik, the singing tradition of Sami, is considered to be ancient with roots presumably in prehistoric times. It is unique to the Sami culture and particularly among European singing traditions. This singing tradition is characterized by a special vocal technology that utilizes nearly the whole range of the human natural vocal potential and was original without instrumental accompaniment. The use of words could vary from one region to another, from nearly none in the North Sami language area to long epic descriptions in East Sami in the Kola Peninsula. The melodies with regular rhythmic and melodic patterns could often be freely played with and improvised on. Additionally, joik could also be applied to story-telling. There is a lot of research about joiks and there is even the theory, that the joik have had and possibly still has a role as a health-promoting and/or resilience factor within the Sami culture, giving the Sámi people a significant difference compared to other indigenous people in the Arctic. Usually sung a cappella, musical instruments frequently accompany joiks in recent years. Joik remains an integral part of Sámi culture because of its integrative quality. A joik connects the performer and his or her listeners, not only with each other but with their collective past by uniting it with present experience. As Richard Jones-Bamman has put it: Joiking effectively collapses time. Not all Sámi can perform joik, but knowledge of the genre is still a key symbol of Sámi communal identity. Even though its existence was long denied in public pronouncements, joik has continued to be practiced and heard. For modern Sámi artists like Sofia Jannok the joiek philosophy remains the base of their work, they delicately blend the old vocal tradition with genres like pop, electronica, and jazz. As South Sámi singer Marja Mortensson has put it: “Joik is like a whole philosophy. It’s about the connection with nature and the people around you. When I joik, my head gets filled with images, and I feel that I travel – either to a place or into the soul of the person I am joiking.” Check out this Spotify playlist with Sámi music.

Date: 05/12/2020
Duration: 00:28:08
099 Voices of the North, pt. II - ULO, The World’s Most Successful Record Label
In a vast but sparsely populated country music is more than just entertainment. This is even more true in a place like Greenland, the largest island in the world. Where traditional Inuit music like drum dance is mainly performed to entertain tourists today it is even more important to find ways to include those over 4,000 year old traditional elements within modern-day pop culture. And when the record label ULO released the rock band Sumé's first album Sumut in 1973 it singlehandedly kickstarted the local rock scene by uniquely singing in the Greenlandic language and using elements of traditional drum dances in the music. The label, that could be legitimately the world's most successful record label, is today Greenland's only major music label. Their least successful releases sell the equivalent of four times platinum in Europe. Their biggest seller was purchased by an estimated twenty percent of Greenland's total population, in numbers over 10,000 units to a population of only 56,000 people. That equates to twenty-five million sold copies in the states! That only can work because the people in Greenland love listening to their local music. Releasing between 10 and 15 records per year, the music scene in Greenland couldn't be any more diverse. Stretching over half the length of Africa, the biggest island in the world spreads its tiny population along a 44,000 kilometers (27,000 miles) long coastline with no roads between the settlements, far away from each other. Music has become the link between people all over Greenland. And music is the new medium of poetry. Rock and pop present thoughts and ideas to Greenlanders. That makes the country probably the hottest music market in the world - if you compare the sales numbers with the numbers of inhabitants. Check out the Sounds of Greenland on Spotify.
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Date: 05/05/2020
Duration: 00:38:14
098 Voices of the North, pt. I - The Story of Aakuluk Music
Donate and help us keep the lights on. If there is one thing that cultures around the world have in common then it’s music. Music helps us to express emotions, to celebrate, to mourn. We connect memories with certain songs, couples have "their" song, films without music are hard to imagine nowadays and even in a time when films didn't have their own sound, pianists played a suitable score in the cinemas. But at the same time music is very much connected to each culture itself, to traditions and language. With the upcoming episodes we would like to shed a light on the music culture of the circumpolar north. The first part of this mini series takes a look into the music of Nunavut, probably the largest Inuit territory. In a culture that lives in small communities, was largely nomadic, and is cut off from the outside world for most of the year, music plays an even bigger role. Traditional Inuit music has been based on drums used in dance music as far back as can be known. When you travel along the different Inuit cultures from Greenland to Canada and Alaska towards Russia, you will find the basics of the drum dances in all the cultures and the same applies for the second base of traditional Inuit music, a vocal style called katajjaq, Inuit throat singing. Mostly performed as a duet, this form of throat singing mimics the natural world. Wind, ice, sea and bird sounds dominate. This traditional form of singing was only recently threatened with extinction. The colonisation of the Arctic has almost everywhere caused the nomadic peoples to be settled and the language of the colonial power to be spoken primarily at school, Danish in Greenland, English in Canda and Alaska. This effectively prevented the transfer of this purely oral form of expression. Fortunately, however, today we find a lively Inuit culture everywhere in the circumpolar Arctic. And as the Inuit languages see a new rise so does the throat singing. And it’s amazing to see that it’s not only part of today’s Inuit musical pop culture but being adopted by people all around the world. At the German University of Music FRANZ LISZT in Weimar two throat singers from Nunavut, Kiah Hachey and Karen Flaherty, are joined by three electronic music artists, Paul Hauptmeier, Martin Recker and Sergio Valencia. Inuit throat singing usually doesn’t include any form of instrumentation and the two guys simply create environments for the audience to encapsulate and experience the throat singing. They place the wonderful singing into an environment, space if you wish that allows you to ground and reference the throat singing and chanting. As music has become a huge part in Western culture it always has been in Inuit culture. Inspired by traditional throat singing and contemporary artists, young Inuit musicians offer a modern take on Inuit life. And in 2016 the band members of the band The Jerry Cans founded Nunavut’s first record label. The alt-country band The Jerry Cans started the label because they found it very challenging to navigate the music industry from Iqaluit. When in 2016 Aakuluk Music started its business in Nunavut's capital Iqaluit it was a first-timer. The first label in Nunavut, the first step to build up an infrastructure we take for granted in Western cultures. But up north, things are different. Today, Aakuluk Music’s mission is to record, market and distribute music sung in Inuktitut and originating from Inuit traditions, building hope through music and community, and preserving the territory's distinct culture. And a few more record labels, like Hitmakerz, followed since then. Check out Aakuluk Music's sounds on Spotify.
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Date: 04/28/2020
Duration: 00:32:05
097 About Kings and Emperors – Penguins of the Antarctic
If you think of the Antarctic, you almost inevitably think of what is probably the most symbolic animal in the south - penguins. Living almost exclusively south of the equator - the Galapagos penguin is found on the edge to the Northern Hemisphere - those curious fellas might look a bit awkward when they waddle around on land. But as soon as you experience them in water you realise, those aquatic flightless birds are perfectly adapted for a life in the ocean. They have evolved into the most efficient swimmers and divers of all birds and some species spend 75% of their time at sea — the most of any birds. As the coldest, driest, and windiest place on Earth, Antarctica is mostly a huge, lifeless desert. Its largest land animal is a wingless midge, Belgica antarctica, whose adults live about a week and we talked about already in a bit more detail in Episode 84. But most people wonder, why’s the midge the largest land animal of Antarctica? Shouldn’t it be the penguin? Here starts the first misconception. Even though most people will experience penguins on land, mainly during their breeding season, they are no land animals. And although they cannot fly, they are birds. Penguins are the most common birds in the Antarctic. Living in colonies with populations larger than some cities, and surviving in the harshest of conditions, it is no wonder that penguins are seen as the emblem of Antarctica. However, of the 17 different species of penguin, only two (Emperor and Adélie) make the Antarctic continent their true home, although others (Gentoo, Chinstrap and Macaroni) breed on the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, where conditions are less harsh. King penguins and Magellanic penguins only breed on the warmer more northerly subantarctic islands or the southernmost tip of the Americas. But the real home of all penguins is the cooler waters of the Southern Hemisphere. In the whole of Antarctica, the ocean is the really productive, biodiverse realm. There are loads of species and very high abundance in places. And that’s where penguins find their food. Antarctic waters brim with krill, a tiny crustacean that feeds large whales, including blue, humpback, and minke whales, as well as penguins. Penguin wings are stiff, short flippers to propel them underwater — they literally fly through the sea. Their legs are set far back in the body, and together with the tail form an underwater rudder to their perfectly streamlined bodies. Their cruising speed in water is about 10km per hour. To catch their breath and to save energy while swimming, they leap clear of the water every few meters. They are excellent divers, descending to depths of over 250 meters, though most of their dives will be in the top 10 meters. Unlike flying birds, their bones are dense to make diving easier. Underwater they are every bit as fearsome to their prey as lions are to theirs! Although no one knows for sure where the name ‘penguin’ comes from, there are a few theories about it. It could come from the Welsh ‘pen gwyn’, which means ‘white head’, or from the Latin ‘pinguis’, referring to the fat or blubber of the bird. The name penguin was first given to another type of bird, the auk (also a large, flightless, black and white bird). However, it seems it’s quite a task to pronounce the word itself, even for skilled actors and speakers like Benedict Cumberbatch.
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Date: 04/14/2020
Duration: 00:37:11
096 Deception Island
» Donate here! - The Coronavirus crisis has had (and continues to have) a significant impact on our income. To help us keep the lights on, we're asking you to support us, if you can. THANKS to Katie for the support and thanks to everyone else who supports us in these tough times. Today's episode takes us on a small tour to what is probably the most exciting geological feature on the edge of the South Shetland Islands offshore the Antarctic Peninsula and one of the most incredible islands on the planet - the active volcano Deception Island. Named by American sealer Nathaniel Palmer on account of its outward deceptive appearance as a normal island, Deception Island reveals itself rather to be a ring around a flooded caldera once, the narrow entrance of Neptune's Bellows is passed. Being a focal point of the early sealing and whaling industry in the Southern Ocean, Deception Island served also as the basis for Robert Wilkins' first Antarctic flight in 1928. But first and foremost, Deception Island is an active volcano, the flooded caldera of which enables us today to sail into the most protected natural harbour in the Antarctic. Deception Island is one of the most active volcanoes in Antarctica, with more than 20 explosive eruptive events registered over the past two centuries. Recent eruptions (1967, 1969, and 1970) and the volcanic unrest episodes that happened in 1992, 1999, and 2014–2015 demonstrate that the occurrence of future volcanic activity is still valid. The ring-shaped island is the exposed portion of an active shield volcano 30 km (17 miles) in diameter, produced more than 10,000 years ago by an explosive eruption, that is responsible for the largest known eruption in the Antarctic area. The active volcano is home to a wide variety of wildlife, the density of it in some parts being literally staggering. Deception Island on the map
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Date: 04/07/2020
Duration: 00:26:17
095 Iceberg A-68a
Support us: IBAN: NL98BUNQ2042785806 BIC/SWIFT BUNQNL2AXXX » Credit Card » iDEAL » SOFORT » Bancontact In March, Henry had the chance to make a rare encounter: At the edge of the Weddell Sea, in Powell Basin, the world's largest existing iceberg presented a once-in-a-lifetime experience. With a surface area of 5,800 square kilometres, twice the size of Luxembourg, larger than Delaware and weighing one trillion tonnes, it is one of the largest recorded icebergs, the largest being B-15 which measured 11,000 square kilometres before breaking up. The calving of A-68 reduced the overall size of the Larsen C shelf by 12 percent. With a speed of currently up to 5 nautical miles per day the iceberg is moving away from the Antarctic Peninsula into the warmer waters of the South Atlantic.
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Date: 03/31/2020
Duration: 00:32:06
094 Covid19 and the Polar Regions
Support us: IBAN: NL98BUNQ2042785806 BIC/SWIFT BUNQNL2AXXX » credit card » iDEAL » SOFORT » Bancontact The coronavirus pandemic is literally everywhere. But if it affects us who live in rather stable conditions in Central Europe or the Americas, how does it affect the indigenous people in the Arctic? Are Indigenous at much greater risk amid coronavirus pandemic, since water shortages, insufficient healthcare, overcrowded housing make native groups especially susceptible to the virus? Most local communities in the Arctic, however, prohibited travel into the territories quite early, trying to avoid the virus of getting in. As experts say, "It is imperative to keep the virus out". The pandemic not only affects daily lives but also scientific research when coronavirus concerns force Arctic mission to cancel research flights of the largest research expedition of all times. Luckily one continent remains untouched by the coronavirus: Antarctica.
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Date: 03/24/2020
Duration: 00:19:26
093 South Georgia
Being one of the cruelest, most gorgeous wildernesses on earth, South Georgia is a chunk of the Andes that wandered into the southern Atlantic some 50 million years ago. The 170 km spit of land is so isolated that it creates its own weather system, but despite—or perhaps because of—its ruggedness, it’s also a holy grail. Located 1,300 miles east of Tierra del Fuego in the South Atlantic Ocean, a combination of underwater topography and converging currents produce rich seas that support some of the most populous seal, penguin, and seabird colonies on the planet. Today, other than the extraordinary wildlife, the island is home to only a British Government Office, a postmaster, some museum staff and scientists.
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Date: 03/17/2020
Duration: 00:17:09
092 Icebergs Blue and Green
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Date: 03/10/2020
Duration: 00:18:23
091 The Big Thaw
Thwaites Glacier, sometimes referred to as the Doomsday Glacier, is an unusually broad and fast Antarctic glacier flowing into Pine Island Bay, part of the Amundsen Sea. For the first time now, scientists of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration have recorded unusually warm water beneath the Florida-sized glacier that is already melting and contributing to a rise in sea levels. The researchers, working on the Thwaites Glacier, recorded water temperatures at the base of the ice of more than 2 degrees Celsius above the normal freezing point. Critically, the measurements were taken at the glacier’s grounding line, the area where it transitions from resting wholly on bedrock to spreading out on the sea as ice shelves. That is significant because the Thwaites, along with the Pine Island Glacier and a number of smaller glaciers, acts as a brake on part of the much larger West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Together, the two bigger glaciers are currently holding back ice that, if melted, would raise the world’s oceans by more than a meter over centuries, an amount that would put many coastal cities underwater.
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Date: 03/03/2020
Duration: 00:47:05
090 Ema Kuhn - A Life in Antarctica
Ema Kuhn is passionate about the Polar Regions. Always fascinated with life and nature, she decided at age 13 to become a biologist and dedicated 18 years to scientific research. Twelve years of her academic career were devoted to studying life in freezing and cold environments. An expert in Antarctic ecosystems, she has published several research papers and has a particular interest in how life adapts and evolves in cold environments. Her academic life gave Ema the opportunity to participate in 8 scientific expeditions to Antarctica, including the Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctic Plateau (at 84°00' S/79°30' W), McMurdo Sound and Dry Valleys. Considering Antarctica her "home, sweet home" she is passionate about sharing her knowledge and introduce people to the mesmerizing beauty of this place. In this episode, she is sharing some of her passion with us.
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Date: 02/25/2020
Duration: 00:12:39
089 Dome A - The heights of China's ambition in Antarctica
China's aim to declare a special managed area at the ice sheet’s highest point is a test of Antarctic governance. China has become more and more active in Antarctica in recent years – both in research and in the international framework of agreements known as the Antarctic Treaty System that has successfully seen the frozen continent devoted to peace and science for decades. Establishing an ASMA around the Kunlun Station in the area known as Dome Argus (Dome A), the highest place on the Antarctic ice sheet would essentially give China a greater say in the activities conducted in the area. China is a consultative party to the 1959 Antarctic Treaty and the creation of an ASMA around Kunlun would serve as a symbolic achievement to showcase China’s influence in the ATS. The proposal was first raised in 2013 – the year President Xi Jinping took office, where from outset he emphasised the importance of the emerging economy playing a key role in global governance. The proposal for Antarctica reflected what has been a general shift in Chinese diplomacy under Xi, from an attitude of “keep low” to “being active” in the international arena. While China’s enthusiasm is clear, several countries oppose this proposal, with the stand-off holding implications for future Antarctic governance. Legally speaking, China argues its proposal for Dome A is to protect the important environmental value of the area. Opponents however believe that an ASMA is essential only when more than one country is conducting activities in the same area, where coordination is required to avoid negative effects for the environment. So far, China is the only country to operate in the Dome A area. Nevertheless, behind polite, diplomatic debates, some alarmist views bluntly reveal that there is a fear China might consolidate its presence in a large area around Dome A.
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Date: 02/18/2020
Duration: 00:16:38
088 Hidden Under the Ice: Lake Vostok
Deep, dark and mysterious, Lake Vostok is one of the largest subglacial lakes in the world. Once a large surface lake in East Antarctica, Lake Vostok is now buried under more than 3.7 kilometers (2.4 miles) of ice near Russia's Vostok research station. Covered with ice for millennia, cut off from light and contact with the atmosphere, Lake Vostok is one of the most extreme environments on Earth. The lake has been ice-covered for at least 15 million years. Lake Vostok is one of the largest lakes on Earth in size and volume, rivaling Lake Ontario in North America. The lake itself is 230 km (143 miles) long, 50 km (31 miles) wide and as much as 800 meters (2,625 feet) deep. Lake Vostok sits near the South Pole in East Antarctica. The presence of a large buried lake was first suggested in the 1960s by a Russian geographer/pilot who noticed the large, smooth patch of ice above the lake from the air. Airborne radar experiments by British and Russian researchers in 1996 confirmed the discovery of the unusual lake. Lake Vostok harbors a unique ecosystem based on chemicals in rocks instead of sunlight, living in isolation for hundreds of thousands of years. The types of organisms the scientists found suggested they derived their energy from minerals present in the lake and sources from the underlying bedrock. Life in Lake Vostok doesn’t just exist — it thrives. Over 3500 different species have been identified, including a whole group of totally novel organisms. Lake Vostok is one of the easiest subglacial lakes to detect due to its size, yet most of its secrets remain.
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Date: 02/11/2020
Duration: 00:11:51
087 Magical Diamond Dust
While Antarctica is considered one of the most inhospitable places in the world by its ice and harsh conditions, the low temperatures on the ground provide some of the most breathtaking weather phenomena. Names like Brockenspectre, Green Flash or Halo arouse curiosity, but really exciting is the magic sounding diamond dust. Although there are low levels of precipitation in Antarctica, meteorological wonders abound and diamond dust is one of them! The air temperature in Antarctica is often low enough for water vapour to condense directly out of the atmosphere and form tiny ice crystals which then fall. On a sunny day these catch the sunlight and shine like a sprinkling of diamonds in the sky, hence the name diamond dust. If the crystals are orientated in exactly the right way they can give rise to brilliant halos. Diamond dust is also responsible for beautiful optical phenomena like sun dogs, halos and light pillars. CP 061 Ice and Flames: Those Mysterious Arctic Volcanos. Throwing hot water in the air
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Date: 02/04/2020
Duration: 00:19:29
086 A Sheer Incredible Piece of Ice
The single biggest mass of ice in the world, containing about 90 percent of the planet's freshwater ice and around 60-70 percent of the total freshwater on earth, covers about 98 percent of the Antarctic continent. But the continent is divided: In East Antarctica, the ice sheet rests on a major landmass, while in West Antarctica the bed can extend to more than 2,500 m below sea level. While the East Antarctic Ice Sheet is relatively stable, scientists claim that if the West Antarctic Ice Sheet were to melt, it would raise global sea levels by about 5 meters/16 feet. At the same time, the landmass of Antarctica would rise out of the ocean. Several ice shelves surround especially the western Antarctic. The Ross Ice Shelf - a floating tongue of ice that extends off the continent's main landmass - encompasses more than 510,000 square kilometers and is the largest ice shelf that has ever been discovered. All in all, one can say that the largely unknown seventh continent deep in the south is truly a sheer incredible piece of ice.
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Date: 01/28/2020
Duration: 00:10:30
085 Deathly Hollows: How to Find the Coldest Place on Earth
The icy turtle shell of East Antarctica provides the perfect ground for the coldest place to find on Earth. A hundred little pockets of exceptional cold scattered across the highest parts of the ice sheet. The coldest spots were in shallow depressions in the ice, little hollows where the surface isn’t perfectly smooth. That’s probably because cold air sinks into these depressions as it sinks into a river valley or a canyon. During the long, dark polar winter temperatures are reached scientists think they are about as cold as it can possibly get in our corner of the solar system.
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Date: 01/21/2020
Duration: 00:11:29
084 Meet the Natives: The World's Toughest Animal
Being Antarctica’s largest native purely terrestrial animal, the Antarctic midge (Belgica antarctica) has the smallest genome in the insect kingdom. The holder of two Guinness Book of World Records entries spends more than half its life frozen. A better understanding of how it does survives freezing temperatures of up to -40 °C could have implications for human health.
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Date: 01/14/2020
Duration: 00:09:29
083 The Mysterious Blood Red Flow
In 1911, during an expedition to the McMurdo Dry Valleys, geologist Thomas Griffith Taylor discovered a strange phenomenon on a remote glacier in East Antarctica: The lily-white ice of the glacier was being stained a deep red by water flowing from deep within the glacier. Taylor had believed it was due to algae discoloring the water, however that hypothesis was never verified. For many years the source of the red color remained a mystery, as the mean temperature is 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (-17 degrees Celsius) and little glacial melting can be seen at the surface. But in 2017 scientists of the University of Alaska Fairbanks announced that they had discovered the cause. The deep red coloring is due to oxidized iron in brine salt water, the same process that gives iron a dark red color when it rusts. When the iron-bearing saltwater comes into contact with oxygen the iron oxidizes and takes on a red coloring, in effect dying the water to a striking deep red color - and its name, Blood Falls. Roughly two million years ago, the Taylor Glacier sealed beneath it a small body of water that contained an ancient community of microbes. Trapped below a thick layer of ice, they have remained there ever since, isolated inside a natural time capsule. Evolving independently of the rest of the living world, these microbes exist in a place with no light or free oxygen and little heat, and are essentially the definition of “primordial ooze.” The trapped lake has very high salinity and is rich in iron. After that, something eerily magical happens with the by-products. The iron in the water interacts with them to restore the sulphates, basically recycling the sulphates for the microbes to break down into oxygen over and over again. A fissure in the glacier allows the subglacial lake to flow out, forming the falls without contaminating the ecosystem within. Furthermore, the scientists mapped the path of the water that feeds the five-story tall falls and explores how water can exist under the ice, unravel the inner workings of glaciers.
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Date: 01/07/2020
Duration: 00:20:17
082 Deep Freezes: Drilling for Earth's Climate Archive
Given that the coldest ever land temperature was recorded in Antarctica (−89.2°C at Russia’s Vostok Station in 1983), it can be hard to imagine Antarctica as a warm, temperate paradise. But Antarctica hasn’t always been an icy land locked in the grip of a massive ice sheet. In fact, Antarctica was once almost as warm as Melbourne is today. Researchers have estimated that 40-50 million years ago, temperatures in Antarctica reached up to 17°C. Scientists have also found fossils showing that Antarctica was once covered with verdant green forests and inhabited by dinosaurs! Ice sheets have one particularly special property. They allow us to go back in time and to sample accumulation, air temperature and air chemistry from another time. Ice core records allow us to generate continuous reconstructions of past climate, going back at least 800,000 years. By looking at past concentrations of greenhouse gasses in layers in ice cores, scientists can calculate how modern amounts of carbon dioxide and methane compare to those of the past, and, essentially, compare past concentrations of greenhouse gasses to temperature. The large Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets have huge, high plateaux where snow accumulates in an ordered fashion. Slow ice flow at the center of these ice sheets (near the ice divide) means that the stratigraphy of the snow and ice is preserved. Drilling a vertical hole through this ice involves a serious effort involving many scientists and technicians and usually involves a static field camp for a prolonged period of time. Shallow ice cores (100-200 m long) are easier to collect and can cover up to a few hundred years of accumulation, depending on accumulation rates. Deeper cores require more equipment, and the borehole must be filled with drill fluid to keep it open. The drilling fluid used is normally a petroleum-derived liquid like kerosene. It must have a suitable freezing point and viscosity. Collecting the deepest ice cores (up to 3000 m) requires a (semi)permanent scientific camp and a long, multi-year campaign. Ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica are mainstays of modern climate science. Traditionally, scientists drill in places where ice layers accumulate year after year, undisturbed by glacial flows. The long layer cake records from deep sites in the center of Antarctica reveal how greenhouse gases have surged and ebbed across hundreds of thousands of years. But because heat from the bedrock below can melt the deepest, oldest ice, the approach has not yielded ice any older than 800,000 years, from a core drilled at Antarctica’s Dome C in 2004. Scientists from Princeton University retracted an ice core drilled in Antarctica that has yielded 2.7-million-year-old ice, an astonishing find 1.7 million years older than the previous record-holder. Bubbles in the ice contain greenhouse gases from Earth’s atmosphere at a time when the planet’s cycles of glacial advance and retreat were just beginning, potentially offering clues to what triggered the ice ages. That information alone makes the value of the sample incredible. [U794u53qxugp27yz581iEvyq2brib2or8wot34d]
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Date: 12/31/2019
Duration: 00:25:06
081 A Polar Year
In our first review of the year we look back on 36 episodes, on current events that have occupied us this year and dare a small outlook for another year of Curiously Polar.
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Date: 12/24/2019
Duration: 00:15:28
080 Curiously Polar Christmas Special
Stricken by surprising, it is again time for perhaps the most wonderful time of the year. But one person is busy these days like never before. And every year we ask each other, where does he live? While every child knows, he lives at the North Pole and popular literature describes Santa's home amid coniferous forests, several places in the Arctic claim to be the official home of Santa Claus
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Date: 12/17/2019
Duration: 00:10:23
079 The Guardian Climate Pledge
While more than 11,000 scientists just officially declared a Global Climate Emergency, the wording has become more aggressive to underline the urgency linked to it. Respectable major media outlets like The Guardian and the New York Times have not only adopted this new wording, referring to a climate crisis and global heating rather than climate change and global warming, but also the way of "visually communicating the impact the climate emergency is having across the world."
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Date: 12/10/2019
Duration: 00:16:07
078 The Conundrum of Time
Time can be a tricky conundrum in Antarctica. There are such extreme cycles of day and night, with close to 24 hours of light in the summer and the opposite in winter. And as you move towards the south pole, lines of longitude get closer and closer together until they meet. The result is that the normal indicators we use to help tell the time aren’t particularly helpful. For scientists working in Antarctica, they generally stay in the time zone of the port they departed from, but this can mean that neighbouring stations are on very different time zones if they come from different countries. To add to the confusion, Australia’s Mawson, Casey and Davis stations are all on different time zones! For travelers on expedition cruise ships, we generally stay on Ushuaia time - unless we’re traveling to the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Then we adjust to their local times, changing as we travel south.
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Date: 12/03/2019
Duration: 00:16:05
077 Under the Ice - the Seventh Continent
While the Grand Canyon is largely considered to be the planets biggest natural rift, scientists discovered another trench on Antarctica that could rival one of America's mightiest natural features. The unnamed canyon was found during a 2010 expedition and extends 100 kilometres, is more than 9 kilometres wide and reaches depths of more than 1,6 kilometres. Scientists speculate that it could be even larger, but further exploration is required to learn the true boundaries of this massive rift.
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Date: 11/26/2019
Duration: 00:22:28
076 IPCC SROCC
Show notes: The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) was approved at the IPCC's 51st Session in September 2019 in Monaco. The 1,300-page report by 104 authors and editors representing 36 countries referred to 6,981 publications.
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Date: 11/19/2019
Duration: 00:35:51
075 John Kerry: The Political Perspective (Arctic Circle Assembly Special)
Rarely before has a statesman such clear words about the climate crisis found, as John Kerry at the award ceremony of the Arctic Circle Award 2019. As a laudator Iceland's former president Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson spoke of an urgent need for an open, democratic, accountable dialogue , where the young activist has the right to ask questions and present views as the prime minister and distinguished leaders of business and science. The former U.S. Secretary of State received the award for his leadership on climate change and in his keynote speech he clearly stated what this meant for him. In the following Q & A session, he answered plenary questions to conclude, "If there's anything that's important, it's you. Everybody's got to be a citizen here. We can't let them fake it or avoid it."
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Date: 11/12/2019
Duration: 00:32:20
074 Sara Olsvig: Indigenous People in the Arctic (Arctic Circle Assembly Special)
Far too often, changes in the Arctic are viewed from the outside, mostly from a geopolitical or economic perspective. We talked to Sara Olsvig, Head of Programme for UNICEF in Greenland, about local perspectives on urgent issues and current changes.
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Date: 11/05/2019
Duration: 00:19:44
073 Anja Sommerfeld: MOSAiC (Arctic Circle Assembly Special)
The largest research expedition to the Arctic of all times and one of humanity’s greatest efforts to understand how melting at the pole will affect the rest of the planet has been 5 years in the planning and is being lead by the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI). The Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) aims at a breakthrough in understanding the Arctic climate system and in its representation in global climate models. In order to achieve this, the research icebreaker Polarstern will be frozen into the Arctic sea ice and starts drifting with the transpolar drift through the North Pole to the Fram Strait between Greenland and Svalbard. The Polarstern serves as the basis for more than 300 scientists. The sheer scale of this expedition is enormous: 600 experts, 390 days, 60 research institutions, 19 nations, 5 icebreakers, € 140 million estimated overall costs. Expedition head Markus Rex calls the Arctic “the epicenter of global warming.” Nowhere on Earth is changing as fast as there, where temperatures are an estimated 7°C higher than they were 150 years ago. We met Project manager Anja Sommerfeld at the 2019 Arctic Circle Assembly, where she gave us a closer look at the mission. You can find a recording of the satellite telephone call with expedition leader Markus Rex here. For German speakers there is episode 160 of Resonator podcast out there with an interview with Expedition Leader Markus Rex.
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Date: 10/29/2019
Duration: 00:41:51
072 Peter Wadhams: Arctic Sea Ice (Arctic Circle Assembly Special)
Out of a lack of global awareness and, as a result, a lack of effective governance, former Icelandic president Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson initiated in 2013 the open Arctic Circle Assembly, bringing together decision-makers from politics, economy, science, education, and society. This year we had a chance to meet a few participants, so we decided to start a little mini special containing four episodes. We kick off this mini special with an interview of Peter Wadhams, Cambridge University's Head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group and the UK’s most experienced sea ice scientist, with 46 years of research on sea ice and ocean processes in the Arctic and the Antarctic. Being "a world authority on sea ice" he published his most recent book "A Farewell to Ice: A Report from the Arctic", a passionate, authoritative overview of the role of ice in our climate system, past, present and, scarily, the future.
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Date: 10/01/2019
Duration: 00:16:48
071 The Wealth of the Arctic
The warming climate grant an easier access to resources and commodities of the Arctic and thus trigger a run on just those. The otherwise seemingly calm Arctic is thus developing into the center of a new power poker - not only between the five Arctic riparian states, but also new players in this geopolitical Monopoly. The estimated value of resources and commodities on one hand, and control over the newly accessible transit routes on the other, raise questions about who will play a major role in the Arctic in the near future and who will benefit from its exploitation.
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Date: 09/24/2019
Duration: 00:10:58
070 The Nansen Legacy
Fridtjof Nansen set out to explore the Arctic Ocean with the research vessel Fram 126 years ago. His team of explorers and scientists returned from the ice three years later with new knowledge that changed our concepts and understanding of the Arctic Ocean. Since then, the Arctic has changed substantially. Changes in temperatures, sea ice, water masses, habitats, and ecosystem processes are pronounced in the marine environment. Processes leading to the changes are interconnected. The Nansen Legacy is a collaborative project between ten Norwegian research institutions with Arctic marine expertise, and with competence and perspectives including education, management and contact with different user groups, involving more than 130 scientists.
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Date: 09/17/2019
Duration: 00:35:56
069 Whaling Revisited
People have been whaling for thousands of years. In 1946, several countries joined to form the International Whaling Commission (IWC). Originally an industry body, the IWC’s purpose is to prevent overhunting of whales. However, the work of marine conservational ngo’s lead to a moratorium on commercial whaling in 1982. Many species of whale have benefitted from the IWC’s moratorium. Despite the general moratorium, limited whaling is permitted to indigenous cultures. Today, people are much more aware of the role of whales in the marine ecosystem, and the role of the IWC has also changed radically. What started as an industrial body turned into a forum for the protection and conservation of marine life.
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Date: 09/10/2019
Duration: 00:37:00
068 Disappearing Cultures
The history of Greenland is interwoven with change. Always dependent on weather and climate, Greenland seems not to offer much to its settlers. And yet, over the centuries, people have settled in the thin coastal strip of Greenland. Little is known about the settlement flows of the Inuit, which originated from North America. But scientists manage to put together the puzzle from many individual finds. Today we know about trade between Norse settlers and Inuit. We know that the Vikings at some point just disappeared from Greenland. And we know the colonization history of Greenland, which is closely linked to the colonial power of Denmark. But what impact does this have on the current Greenlandic Inuit culture and will it experience a similar fate as the earlier cultures and simply become extinct over time?
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Date: 09/03/2019
Duration: 00:28:33
067 Greenland Is Melting
After tormenting Europe for weeks, this year's heatwave is melting Greenland’s ice sheet at an unprecedented rate. As air temperatures over the ice rise, over half of the surface of the Greenland ice sheet had softened to slush. The result of this brutal setup is a summer melt season so intense that it’s on track to tie or break the record for the most water loss ever recorded. End of July, scientists recorded temperatures above 0°C at Greenland’s summit at over 3.000m altitude. This is only the third time temperatures have been recorded above freezing, but the second time this summer. These unusually high temperatures are accelerating ice loss from Greenland's Ice Sheet, which covers 80% of the island. By end of July, the area of the Greenland ice sheet showing indications of melt hit a record 56.5 per cent. On August 1st, thanks to 22°C, 12 billions tons of ice melted in just 24 hours, some 217 billion tons melted in the month of July, accumulating to an estimated 248 billion tons that have been lost so far this year, just on track of 2012’s record loss of 250 billion tons. The problem of melting polar ice creates a nasty positive feedback loop that meddles with the planet’s ability to cool off. Since ice is reflective, it does a good job at bouncing solar radiation back into space. However, with less ice, more of this heat energy is soaked up by the Earth and becomes trapped in the atmosphere.
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Date: 08/27/2019
Duration: 00:57:19
066 Search and Rescue in Svalbard
Not only increasing tourism, but also more extreme fishing trips are putting rescue workers and the local infrastructure in the Arctic more and more to the test. We talk to Irene Kastner, a local from Longyearbyen, about her experiences in local Search & Rescue teams and also talk about the trawler “Northguider”, who ran aground in Hinlopen Strait in December 2018.
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Date: 08/20/2019
Duration: 00:20:34
065 The Majestic Greenland Shark
As The New Yorker puts it: “Greenland sharks are among nature’s least elegant inventions. Lumpish, with stunted pectoral fins that they use for ponderously slow swimming in cold and dark Arctic waters, they have blunt snouts and gaping mouths that give them an unfortunate, dull-witted appearance.” And they can get incredibly old. Despite its poisonous meat, in Iceland Hákarl is even considered a local delicacy.
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Date: 08/13/2019
Duration: 00:22:15
064 The Arctic is on Fire
Thinking about the Arctic, we usually have ice in our minds. But fires have been part of the regular summer program in the Arctic tundra for years. However, this year puts everything in the shade. Along with record temperatures, there is a devastating picture of large-scale circumpolar fires around the globe. And while Western media describe unprecedented fires in Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Scandinavia in particular, fires larger by far in Arctic Russia are hardly noticed. It took weeks for the Russian government to declare a state of emergency for the affected areas. The development can hardly be stopped now, since the greenhouse gases contained in the thawing soil of the tundra further fuel the fires and escape into the atmosphere, making more such mega blazes likely in the coming years through a so called positive feedback loop.
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Date: 08/06/2019
Duration: 00:24:48
063 Recognice
The Icelandic glacier Ok gained notoriety since a plaque on its foot indicates that the glacier has lost its status as such years ago. The badge is designed to raise awareness of the melting ice masses. The Zurich based glaciologist Jochem Braakhekke has created the project Recognice to bridge the gap of raising awareness of our beautiful cryosphere and the scientific community by inviting ordinary citizens to upload their vacation pictures of frozen water in any form into the database of recognice.org and share it with the scientists who can later use it for their research.
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Date: 07/30/2019
Duration: 00:27:41
062 Sea Ice Changes in the Arctic
It seems that sea ice in the Barents Sea has been back to normal this winter. But appearances are deceptive. The southern extent of the sea ice towards Svalbard this summer indicates that multi-year ice has drifted from its regular northern position to much warmer southern latitudes around Svalbard were it has no chance to mature but eventually will melt quickly.
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Date: 07/23/2019
Duration: 00:30:10
061 Ice and Flames: Those Mysterious Arctic Volcanos
The Arctic is usually associated with eternal silence, permafrost, and infinite snow-covered flat expanses. In reality, its diverse landscape includes deserts, rivers, hills, mountains and even volcanos. Although relatively scarce, volcanos are truly unique. Research expeditions from various countries have uncovered much about these volcanic systems, but they hold many more secrets that are yet to be found. The most recent discovery dates back to the year 2008 and unveiled a previously uncharted underwater volcanic range near Svalbard.
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Date: 07/16/2019
Duration: 00:17:47
060 Breaking Ice for Arctic Oil
The largest ship ever to fly an American flag, the SS Manhattan busted its way north in search of heavy ice for a commercial route to move the recently discovered North Slope oil away from Prudhoe Bay in superships even larger than the Manhattan.
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Date: 07/02/2019
Duration: 00:21:27
058 Cruise Ships to the North Pole
With the continued melting of Arctic sea ice and the further opening of the Arctic Ocean to maritime traffic, cruise ship tourism is the latest economic sector forecasted to experience a boom in the region over the coming years. Cruise ship operators around the world are adding to their existing fleets of ice-capable expedition cruise ships.
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Date: 06/25/2019
Duration: 00:20:31
057 Who owns the Northwest Passage
For centuries, the Northwest Passage represents the desire for faster trade routes. Global warming and the associated decline in sea ice are accelerating ambitions to use this sea route economically. In particular, the United States of America, however, sees the sea route through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago as an international maritime route and want to enforce this view.
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Date: 06/18/2019
Duration: 00:17:03
056 The Whiskey War
Far in the Arctic North, halfway between Greenland and Canada, lies the barren and desolate Hans Island in the middle of the 22-mile wide Nares Strait. The uninhabited half-square-mile island, possessing no apparent natural resources, is a bizarre sliver of territory for two countries to fight over. Due to international law, all countries have the right to claim territory within 12 miles of their shore. Peter Takso Jensen, the Danish Ambassador to the US, has said that "when Danish military go there, they leave a bottle of schnapps. And when Canadian military forces come there, they leave a bottle of Canadian Club and a sign saying, 'Welcome to Canada.'"
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Date: 06/11/2019
Duration: 00:09:39
055 Tikigaq/Point Hope: Life on Alaska’S North Slope
This exhibition at the Polar Museum of the Scott Polar Research Insitute explores the long history of Point Hope, believed to be the longest continuously occupied settlement in North America, with over 2,500 years of recorded history. Follow us on Twitter.
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Date: 06/04/2019
Duration: 00:35:43
054 The Sinking of M/V Explorer
Being the first cruise to sink in the icy waters of the Antarctic Ocean, MS Explorer gained notoriety in 2007. Considered "perfect for ice navigation" she apparently got sank by solid ice, mistaken by the Captain for first-year ice. After drifting for 5 hours all 91 passengers, 9 guides and 54 crew were picked up by the Norwegian ship MS Nordnorge. Curiously Polar ep. 22. Follow us on Twitter.
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Date: 05/28/2019
Duration: 00:22:39
053 Arctic Council
In May, Iceland took over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council of Finland. However, the work of the intergovernmental forum of Arctic states, Arctic indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants, founded in 1996, was disrupted at the ministerial meeting. The successful attempt on the part of the United States to prevent any mention of climate change in the usual final declaration has triggered an outraged international response. Just as critically received was the speech of the US Secretary of State. What does this mean for the future of the Arctic Council and the Arctic in general?
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Date: 05/21/2019
Duration: 00:22:07
052 The Hot Heart of Antarctica
Scientists have uncovered the largest volcanic region on Earth – 138 volcanoes, 91 of which have not previously been identified, two kilometers below the surface of the vast ice sheet that covers West Antarctica. And the fastest-melting glacier in Antarctica, the Pine Islan Glacier, might not only accelerate its speed because of a warming planet.
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Date: 05/21/2019
Duration: 00:30:17
051 King of the Arctic
He is the undisputed King of the Arctic and at the same time the iconic symbol of climate change. No other animal stands as much for the challenges of our time, as the polar bear, whose habitat disappears year by year in an increasingly warming world. The IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group lists the polar bear as a vulnerable species, citing sea ice loss from climate change as the single biggest threat to their survival. Scientists estimate there are currently about 23,000 polar bears worldwide in 19 distinct sub-populations.
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Date: 05/14/2019
Duration: 00:22:37
050 Arctic Winter Games
What started 1969 as a forum for athletes from the Canadian and Alaskan North to compete on their own terms and own turf developed until today into an international biennial celebration of circumpolar sports and Indigenous culture. Today nine contingents from all over the Arctic participate in the Arctic Winter Games. The next games will be played in 2020 in Whitehorse, Yukon. The Ulu.
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Date: 05/07/2019
Duration: 00:33:03
049 Education in the Arctic
Remote regions have always been faced with the challenge of providing infrastructure for its inhabitants. In particular, education is considered the key to the development of these regions. We take a look at the question, what education actually means in the Arctic environment, we look at education structures in the Arctic and what role they play for the indigenous people today.
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Date: 04/30/2019
Duration: 00:45:22
048 Air New Zealand Flight 901
When, on November 28, 1979, the fourteenth Air New Zealand sightseeing flight 901 to the Antarctic crashed on the slopes of Earth's southernmost active volcano, Mount Erebus, the full extent of the disaster was not yet in sight. With "an orchestrated litany of lies" airline executive and senior pilots tried to cover up evidence and disguise facts, blaming the two pilots for the crash. The investigation by New Zealand's chief inspector of air accidents lacked an understanding of the complexities and its investigation techniques were revealed as lacking in rigour, which allowed errors and avoidable gaps in knowledge did not expose the airline's attempt and instead reiterated the theory of human error. However, the airline's directors felt that the second investigation exceeded their competencies when they stated in their report that there was a conspiracy with which Air New Zealand intended to cover up the mistakes of ground personnel and successfully sued in court. Only in 1999, the second investigation report was submitted by the then Minister of Transport to the New Zealand Parliament. As of today, the crash remains Air New Zealand's deadliest accident, as well as New Zealand's deadliest peacetime disaster and the second largest disaster in Antartica.
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Date: 04/23/2019
Duration: 00:36:14
047 Climate Change Impact on Arctic Indigenous People
For thousands of years, indigenous people have adapted to the hostile conditions of the Arctic to survive. Now they face major changes for their lifestyle, culture, traditions, and economic viability caused by climate change. For the indigenous people in the Arctic these are not just questions of culture and survival.
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Date: 04/16/2019
Duration: 00:28:17
046 The History of Arctic Expeditions
Since time immemorial, the polar regions exert an indescribable fascination on us humans. For centuries, myths and legends were concentrated around the Arctic. It has been intrepid pioneers and adventurers who not only explored the Arctic, but also laid the foundation for such research areas as glaciology. The exploration of the Arctic plays a major role in today’s understanding of how weather develops, climate changes and everything is interconnected. Some of those explorers failed terribly, others came back gloriously. But even today, these pioneers are influencing us in our current research and expeditions.
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Date: 04/09/2019
Duration: 00:27:35
045 Tourism Impact on the Polar Regions
Tourism is a growing activity in the Polar Regions. But what impact do we have traveling these remote and fragile regions? What challenges are connected to tourism here? There are serious concerns that tourism is promoting environmental degradation in the Polar Regions by putting extra pressures on land, wildlife, water, and other basic necessities, and on transportation facilities. But there are possibilities and options to reduce our footprint, like the German non-for-profit organization Atmosfair, that contributes to CO₂ mitigation by promoting, developing and financing renewable energies in over 15 countries worldwide.
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Date: 03/09/2019
Duration: 00:15:51
044 Sea Ice
Chris welcomes Henry Páll Wulff to the show. Henry is an expedition leader and an Arctic expert. In this episode they talk about sea ice.
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Date: 08/09/2018
Duration: 00:04:20
043 Where on Earth Is Mario? A Quick Update
Curiously Polar has been asleep for a couple of months. Here's finally an update. While Mario is at sea, changing jobs and far from the internet, he is collecting new stories and will return with a lot to talk about in the future episodes. In the meantime, check out Chris and his Arctic travels to Lofoten, Lofoten and Lofoten. All in Northern Norway and all above the Arctic Circle.
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Date: 03/27/2018
Duration: 00:27:33
042 Living in the cold
Here is part 2 of our discussion about the effect of cold temperature to living in Polar areas. In this episode we concentrate on cars and what we are faced with during Arctic winter conditions, what we can expect and how to face some of the most common situations we might face when the temperatures stay below 0°C.
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Date: 03/20/2018
Duration: 00:33:33
041 Living in the Cold
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Date: 03/13/2018
Duration: 00:25:35
040 New Polar Expedition Ships
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Date: 03/06/2018
Duration: 00:21:57
039 Northeast Passage
Northeast Passage is the name of the water route that connects Europe to the Pacific Ocean passing along the shouthern shores of the Arctic Ocean, north of the Asian Continent. It has been the subject of many exploration expeditions, among which the ones led by Willem Barentsz, and was finally navigated in its entirety in 1878 by Adolf Erik Nordenskjöld on the ship Vega. Nowadays the Northeast Passage is experiencing a lot of attention, due to a reduced ice cover, to technological edvances in shipbuilding and the economic incentives to find an alternative sea route joining the eastern Asian economies to Europe.
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Date: 02/27/2018
Duration: 00:13:30
038 Drake Passage
The Drake Passage is the 800 km water passage between the southern tip of South America and Antarctica and that separated the Atlantic from the Pacific Ocean. The Beagle Channel and the Strait of Magellan are the only two other waterways between the two oceans, but these were often more difficult to navigate for sailing vessels and this make the Drake the preferred option, with the Cape Horn as its most known landmark.
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Date: 02/20/2018
Duration: 00:26:04
037 Barents Sea
The Barents Sea is a shallow basin of the Arctic Ocean. It is located north of the shores of northern Europe and it is the stretch of water one can admire from North Cape. It is notoriously difficult to cross because of the weather and the currents that often create unfavorable conditions for navigation, but it is also a very important area for ship traffic, fishing and oil and gas exploitation.
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Date: 02/06/2018
Duration: 00:18:31
036 Effects of the Long Winter
[Disclaimer: This episode does not constitute medical advice] Winter and darkness have effects on people everywhere but living in the polar areas exposes the population to more extreme conditions with the drastic reduction or absence of sun exposure. The effects of not being exposed to a constant or nearly constant day/night cycle may cause winter depression/blues also called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD that result in disruption of circadian rhythm with sleeping trouble, low energy and low immune function. It is not well known what are the physiological bases of SAD, but it may be caused by low serotonin levels. Also the melatonin cycle plays a role in regulating the biological clock and is influenced by changes in daylight. Another factor that may contribute to the insurgence of the syndrome is [vitamin D]( https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-red-light-district/201501/vitamin-d-and-seasonal-affective-disorder-symptoms) deficiency, which is due to low of UVB radiation exposure as the human body cannot produce it endogenously. In order to boost vitamin D one may want to resort to a targeted diet (including fatty fish, mushrooms, eggs) or treatment with special SAD Lamps. Some mammals are better adapted than others to living in the low light conditions in the Arctic: Video
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Date: 01/30/2018
Duration: 00:25:46
035 The Svalbard Treaty
The Treaty recognising the sovereignty of Norway over the Archipelago of Spitsbergen or Svalbard Treaty was signed in Paris on 9 February 1920, as part of the Versailles peace negotiations at the end of World War I. It came into effect by law in Norway on 14 August 1925 as "Treaty between Norway, the USA, Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Great Britain and Ireland and the British Overseas Dominions and Sweden with regard to Svalbard". The main points in the Treaty state that: Svalbard is a part of Norway; Tax and revenue exacted may only benefit Svalbard; The environment of Svalbard must be protected; There should not be any discrimination against citizens and companies from the signatory countries for residence and and access as well as running acitivities; Svalbard may not be used for military purposes. Presently the Svalbard Treaty has 43 registred parties: Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, India, Iceland, Italy, Japan, China, Latvia, Lithuania, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, North Korea, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the UK, Switzerland, Sweden, South Africa, South Korea, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, the USA, Venezuela, Austria.
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Date: 01/23/2018
Duration: 00:14:23
034 Fourty-Meter Ferns in Antarctica
Some 280-20 million years ago there were forests in what is now Antarctica. The climate then was hotter than it is today and Antarctica was part of the supercontinent Gondwana, but it Antarctica was already above the Antarctic circle and these plants experienced total darkness for a part of the winter. During 4-5 months they were probably able to reduce their metabolism and hibernate. The Permian mass extinction, supposedly caused by high temperatures, changes in the carbon cycle, increase in atmospheric methane and volcanic eruptions, probably was also the cause of the disappearance of this forest together with 95% of all other terrestrial species and 70% of marine species on the planet.
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Date: 01/16/2018
Duration: 00:11:23
033 Twilight and Sweet Buns
The sun is presently returning to the Arctic marking the end of the polar night. In Tromsø the day of the sun (soldagen in Norwegian), 21 January, is marked by informal celebrations where children and employees enjoy sweet buns colored yellow with tumeric called solboller. But remember that the actual return of the sun depends on the definition of twilight and on the ground relief.
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Date: 12/26/2017
Duration: 00:13:27
032 Santa Lives at the North Pole, Correct?
In this Christmas episode we would like to start by wishing all listeners and subscribers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We also try, admittedly with limited effect, to sort out some of the confusion around Santa Claus, his residence and whereabouts as well as some of the peculiarities of his reindeer and his mailboxes in Longyearbyen (Svalbard), in Nuuk (Greenland) and Rovaniemi (Finland).
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Date: 12/19/2017
Duration: 00:19:13
031 The Antartctic Treaty
The Antarctic Treaty was signed in Washington on December 1, 1959. Its goal is to ensure "in the interest of all mankind that Antarctica shall continue for ever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord." The treaty entered into force in 1961 and currently has 53 parties. According to the treaty Antarctica is a scientific preserve and military activity is banned. The headquarters of the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat are located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Within the treaty there are two important conventions: CCAS= Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Seals and CCAMLR= Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.
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Date: 12/12/2017
Duration: 00:43:00
030 The Quest for the South Pole
Conquering the South Pole was probably the last great feat of the age of exploration. It is located in one of the most remote and inhospitable locations on earth. The nearest sea is 1,300 km away and it sits on top of a 2,700 m thick icy plateau. But Antarctica was also one of the last places to be discovered and investigated and the main events could be outlined as: 1820 Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen on the Vostok and Mikhail Lazarev on the Mirny are the first to report about Antarctica. 1821 John Davis and his crew are the first humans to set foot on Antarctica, but for a very short time. 1839-42 Charles Wilkes commands the U.S.Exploring Expedition that surveys large stretches of the coast of Antarctica. 1839-43 James Clark Ross commands an expedition that aims at determining the position of the magnetic South Pole, but from his circumnavigation and attempts to force the sea ice, it is determined that the continent is inaccessible by ship. 1901-04 During the Discovery Expedition, Robert Falcon Scott, Ernest Shackleton and Edward Wilson reach 82°17′S on dog sleigh on 30 December 1902. Jan 9 1909 during the Nimrod Expedition Ernest Shackleton, Jameson Adams, Frank Wild and Eric Marshall reach 88°23'S, just 180 km from the South Pole, before having to turn back. 14 December 1911 Roald Amundsen, Olav Bjaaland, Oscar Wisting and Sverre Hassel are the first humans to reach the South Pole. 17 January 1912 During the Terra Nova Expedition Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Lawrence Oates, Henry Robertson Bowers and Edgard Evans also reach Pole but perish on the way back to the base. 1914 Ernest Shackleton endeavors a trans-Antarctic expedition but his ship Endurance is crushed by the ice and the resulting journey is a fight for survival. 1929 Richard E. Byrd with Bernt Balchen at the commands fly an airplane over the South Pole. 1956-57 during the International Geophysical Year the Amundsen-Scott base is established at the South Pole. 1989 Victoria Murden and Shirley Metz are the first women to reach the South Pole taking an overland route. 1989 Reinhold Messner and Arvid Fuchs are the first to reach the South Pole without animal or motor help. 2011 Christian Eide is the fastest and reaches the South Pole in 24 days. Announcement: New Photography-Podcast with Chris: The Future of Photography
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Date: 12/05/2017
Duration: 00:49:58
029 Race to the North Pole
Exploration of the Arctic is nothing new as humans have been curious about what lies north of the Arctic Circle for at least 2000 years. But it is only since the mid 1800's that purpose organized expeditions have aimed at reaching the North Pole. We summarize here some of the main names in this race and promise to examine a choice of them in separate episodes. William Edward Parry - Charles Francis Hall - George DeLong - Fridtjof Nansen - Salomon A. André - Amedeo di Savoia - Frederick Cook - Robert Peary - Richard Byrd & Floyd Bennet - Airship Norge - Airship Italia - USS Nautilus
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Date: 11/28/2017
Duration: 00:28:21
028 Snowmobiles
Polar areas are often covered with snow for a large part of the year and there snowmobiles can take the place of cars, small trucks and motorbikes. The evolution of the snowmobile begins with the adaptation of existing vehicles, like the Ford model T, to slide on the snow with skis under the front wheels. The invention of an adaptable caterpillar track, the Kégresse track allowed better traction than wheels and was the logical step towards the modern Ski-Doo and similar brands like the minimal Larven. Future development of the concept include higher power, increased safety, greater comfort and a quieter and less polluting engine.
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Date: 11/21/2017
Duration: 00:26:16
027 Pollution in the Arctic
Some of the volatile man-made chemicals that are produced and used in temperate areas are transported to the polar areas by the natural circulation of water and air. Among these we have the Persistent Organic Pollutants abbreviated as POP's. Once arrived in the colder zones in the Arctic or the Antarctic these substances condense and are absorbed in the environment. On the ground or in the water these molecules often enter the food chain and bioaccumulate in the body or organisms throughout their life cycle as well as they are passed on to the next level through the food chain increasing in concentration: a phenomenon called biomagnification. Among these substances there are some which are directly poisonous in higher concentrations, but there are also others which are mimicking natural hormones. By taking the place of the original body molecules, and disrupting thus physiological functions, these endocrine disruptors can modify organ functionality like the reproductive cycle or body growth with dire consequences for the organism and the population.
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Date: 11/14/2017
Duration: 00:46:25
026 Ny-Ålesund 78.56°N
In Svalbard there are few inhabited places and Ny Ålesund is one of them. The settlement which originally was a coal mining town has now become the main field hub for polar reseach.
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Date: 11/07/2017
Duration: 00:28:32
025 Salmon Farming and Aquaculture
Aquaculture is a very lucrative business and salmon farming is definitely one of its most prominent sectors. In this episode we discuss salmon farming as it is practiced in Norway.
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Date: 10/31/2017
Duration: 00:28:53
024 Marine Mammal Sex
Marine mammals face considerable challenges to reproduce. Pinnipeds have the possibility to exit the water and most of them reproduce on the dry while cetaceans and sirenians never exit the water and must copulate and give birth in the liquid medium facing problems like hydrodynamics, the absence of a stable support and no limbs to help keeping the partner close to oneself. Strategies differ among the species and the variety of solutions is amazing.
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Date: 10/24/2017
Duration: 00:12:05
023 The Big Magnetic Flip
In a previous episode we have mentioned that the magnetic field of the Earth through goelogical time has undergone variations in intensity and even reversals with the north magnetic pole migrating to close to the south pole and vice versa for the south magnetic pole. How do we know this and what consequences for life on the planet could it have had?
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Date: 10/17/2017
Duration: 00:24:28
022 Ships: From Wooden Vessel to Nuclear Icebreaker
What kind of ship is adapted for polar voyages? The early voyages of discovery have been made using wooden ships and the technology evolved up to Nansen's Fram. Nowadays metal hulls are the norm and the vessels are classified in a system of "ice classes". Icebreakers are a world apart and they have their own classification. Some of them are very large and have considerable engine power that allows them to navigate through the polar ice at all seasons . With the opening of the northern routes more commercial ships will be built to an ice class and some are already in service
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Date: 10/10/2017
Duration: 00:22:49
021 Why Greenland Is Called Greenland
..and why is Iceland called Iceland? The European name of Greenland is most probably due to a marketing maneuver to encourage settlement, even if during the Viking settlement the climatic conditions of the island were at an optimum and therefore it was probably greener than what we observe presently. Iceland though had several names before a permanent Viking settlement and was a victim of a similar but negative marketing strategy.
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Date: 10/03/2017
Duration: 00:27:59
020 Aurora - Northern Lights
Auroras, Northern or Southern Lights are a spectacular phenomenon that attract a large number of tourists to the polar areas. They were known since antiquity but the phenomenon was attibuted to supernatural powers. In fact they form in a circle around the magnetic poles when the charged elementary particles in the solar wind are captured byt the magnetic field of the earth and are directed towards the upper levels of the atmosphere and ionize elementary gasses like hydrogen and oxygen. The probability of Auroras apperaring in the sky can be predicted by analyzing the variations in the solar wind and in the magnetic field of the Earth. Auroras have been observed also on other planets. in the solar system. Real time aurora on video. Chris' Aurora photo from the ship.
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Date: 09/26/2017
Duration: 00:46:32
019 Compass and Navigation
The magnetic compass has been the most important instrument used for navigation since the beginning of the European voyages of discovery and until satellite positioning was introduced. The principle of functioning is dependent on the magnetic field of the Earth. It is not a recent invention and a form was used for divination in China since 200 BCE. It was used for navigation first in the 11th century in China and probably it was introduced from there to Europe in the 12th century through trade routes. The of the compass for navigation is testified by the effort put by nations to measure the magnetic field of the planet, to determine the position of the magnetic north pole and to investigate its yearly movement. One of the famous expeditions to pursue such investigations was the Franklin voyage in search of the Northwest Passage. The Vikings who navigated areas close to the magnetic pole, which makes the magnetic compass unusable, most probably used a sun-based compass, that could also be used to determine variations in latitude during a voyage, and they might even have been able to use this system in conditions of bad visibility usign a crystal of calcite as polarizing filter. The next revolution for polar navigation came with the invention of the gyrocompass. Nowadays navigation is greatly symplified and made accessible to private and professional users through satellite systems like GPS, GLONASS and GALILEO and BeiDou which can be accessed using dedicated receivers or apps on mobile devices.
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Date: 09/19/2017
Duration: 00:32:10
018 Dogsledding
Dog power has been used for thousands of years and, in the Arctic, it has survived practically unchallenged until the present, whereas in temperate and tropical areas other animals have taken the place of dogs in helping humans move about. Nowadays dogs are still used for transportation in several areas, but there is also a boom in the recreational use of dogs as tractors, and not only for pulling sleds. Wikipedia links: Dog sled, Sled dog, Sirius Dog Sled Patrol, Will Steger (homepage). Help make this podcast sound better with a donation to the MARIO MICROPHONE FUND.
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Date: 09/12/2017
Duration: 00:43:10
017 Ice photography
During travels to polar areas we usually encounter a lot of ice: icebergs, the pack, growlers, glaciers and icicles just to name a few. It is only natural for us modern people to take pictures of these impressive formations to share our experience with friends and family. But taking pictures of ice is tricky and there are several technical aspects to take into consideration before deciding which strategy to employ to capture the awe we feel when admiring these natural phenomena. Help make this podcast sound better with a donation to the MARIO MICROPHONE FUND.
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Date: 09/05/2017
Duration: 00:36:52
016 Midnight Sun and Polar Night
The Midnight Sun or Polar Day is one of the spectacular characteristics of Polar Areas. Similarly, the Polar Night originates from the same physical characteristics of the Earth and its orbit around the Sun. Both the Polar Day and the Polar Night influence our circadian rhythms and, among other effects, present opportunities to enjoy for an extended period of time the moments when the sun is just above or just below the horizon. These are the moments when the colors of the sky are particularly beautiful. Help make this podcast sound better with a donation to the MARIO MICROPHONE FUND.
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Date: 08/29/2017
Duration: 00:48:00
015 Walrus
Walruses are some of the most peculiar marine mammals of the Arctic and surprisingly present in the cultural heritage of most Europeans even if the vast majority of people would not be able to define their characteristics to a great detail. In this episode we explore and introduce some of the peculiarities of this species without any pretense to make this a rigorous scientific presentation. Help make this podcast sound better with a donation to the MARIO MICROPHONE FUND.
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Date: 08/22/2017
Duration: 00:15:09
014 Which glacier did the Titanic iceberg come from?
Everybody knows the story of the Titanic and of the tragic accident that cost hundreds of lives. Digging into the details of this fatal event we can trace the most likely origin of the iceberg that sank this ship to a particular glacier in West Greenland. The Jakobshavn Glacier is a spectacular fast-flowing glacier fed from the Greenland Ice Cap that produces some of the most impressive icebergs in the Arctic. Currents in Baffin Bay move some of these blocks of ice south and out into the North Atlantic where they sometime reach major shipping lanes before melting away. Help make this podcast sound better with a donation to the MARIO MICROPHONE FUND.
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Date: 08/15/2017
Duration: 00:56:50
013 Whaling
Whaling is an ancient human activity that has had a great influence on the marine environment with effects ranging from the reduction of several species to the brink of extinction to modifications in the ecosystem. By the 19th century Europeans had managed to reduce the numbers of right whales in their coastal waters to such low numbers that this activity practically ceased on the Old Continent. The Norwegians were instrumental to the industrialization of whaling and the extension of this activity to the high seas and to the southern ocean in the 20th century. As a consequence of inefficient management regimes several species of large whales have risked extinction and are slowly recovering after drastic conservation measures implemented in the late 1980's. But whaling is still practiced in several areas and not necessarily for commercial purposes. Management regimes have been set in place for the large majority of whale populations (The International Whaling Commission and here), but threats to conservation are widespread and difficult to eliminate. Help make this podcast sound better with a donation to the MARIO MICROPHONE FUND.
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Date: 08/01/2017
Duration: 00:12:35
011 Blue Ice
Glacier fronts and icebergs sometimes appear blue or present veins of beautiful blue ice. The blue color is determined by the large ice crystals and the absence of air bubbles. When snow falls on the ground it accumulates in layers containing a lot of air. As the snow compresses and ages the air is squeezed into smaller bubbles and ultimately the air can be squeezed out of the ice. This is what produces the blue color in glacial ice at any latitude. Blue ice photo by Chris Marquardt
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Date: 07/25/2017
Duration: 00:32:55
010 Arctic Wildlife Photography
Taking pictures is one of the important activities of visitors of the Arctic and this presents challenges for both humans and equipment. However, in most situations and with just a few tricks and inexpensive extra gear it is possible to use standard cameras and take home the memories of a lifetime. To avoid battery problems, it's advisable to keep a spare battery warm by storing it close to your body, then swap if your camera's battery goes low. Some wildlife requires focal lengths of 600mm or more and in general a zoom lens will come in handy. Some of Chris Marquardt's Arctic Photography
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Date: 07/18/2017
Duration: 00:13:33
009 Snow Shoes
Most of the year polar areas are covered with a coat of snow which makes it challenging for humans to explore. Some of us are expert skiers, but the equipment is often bulky. Snowshoes are a very practical alternative even for those who are not initiated to this kind of gear as generally people quickly learn the basic techniques. Snowshoes are not a modern invention and the contemporary models build on a long tradition originating from different part of the Arctic.
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Date: 07/11/2017
Duration: 00:40:23
008 How to Count Whales
A frequent question from the interested laymen is: “how many whales are there?”. The answer is not trivial and it is of utmost importance, not only for purely academic reasons, but also for the management and conservation of the different species. For example, it is essential to know the abundance of a species at different point in time to be able to determine if there is a decline or an increase that would indicate a potential large variation in ecosystem characteristics. From the mark-recapture technique to line-transect sampling we try to summarize and describe the most important techniques for determine the numbers of cetaceans.
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Date: 07/04/2017
Duration: 00:22:13
007 Bearded Seals and Hydrophones
Bearded seals are a pan-arctic species and derive their name from their long whiskers. These hairs often curl as the seals get dry after a long haul out on land or on ice. Their fur is almost homogeneously grey with different tones around the eyes and nose. In Svalbard, in particular, where they find their benthic food in the mud from eroded basaltic rocks, they get tanned by the reddish sediments over most of their head. A particular characteristic of male bearded seals is their underwater singing during the breeding period in the spring. These calls make one wonder about the origins of the belief in the singing of mermaids and can be heard through the hull of a vessel. Having a hydrophone at hand surely improves the quality of the performance. These instruments are fairly simple devices for listening to the multitude of fascinating underwater sounds.
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Date: 06/27/2017
Duration: 00:17:26
006 Svalbard Global Seed Vault and Permafrost
During Spring 2017 the Svalbard Global Seed Vault experienced flooding that potentially could have damaged its contents. The Vault exploits the low underground temperatures made possible by the permafrost that covers the ground surrounding it and should ensure the seeds deposited in the vault (video) survive catastrophes.
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Date: 06/20/2017
Duration: 00:30:14
005 Climate Change and the Polar Regions
Climate change is a concept we encounter very often on different media and even in day-to-day conversations. As visitors to the Arctic we are brought to witness recent, dramatic glacial front retreats such as the one that revealed Blomstrandhalvøya and the variability in sea ice extent and thickness. Another term that is often used in connection with climate change is Albedo. Among the effects of climate change we have variations in sea level, the breaking off of large tabular icebergs from ice shelves such as the Larsen C shelf and changes in global ocean circulation. Curiously, variations in ocean circulation have been monitored by dedicated and opportunistic means, such as rubber ducks.
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Date: 06/13/2017
Duration: 00:30:31
004 Arctic and the Antarctic explained
We all know the terms Arctic and Antarctic, but how are they defined? As a matter of fact both concepts have several definitions and it is important to understand which one is valid when engaging in conversations or trying to understand scientific data. In this episode we explore some of the aspects that define the two concepts both geographically (e.g. arctic circle) and climatically.
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Date: 06/03/2017
Duration: 00:17:44
003 Noorderlicht
The S/V Noorderlicht is a two-masted, ice reinforced, steel schooner built in Germany in 1910. It has served as a lighthouse in the Baltic, as a pilot station and as a club bar before being renovated and transformed into a sailing expedition ship. In the past 20 summers it has roamed the waters of the Spitsbergen archipelago introducing guests to this magnificent part of the Arctic. It has also spent several winters iced-up in a Spitsbergen fjord serving as one of the most unique guesthouses on this planet.
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Date: 06/02/2017
Duration: 00:10:53
002 Barentsburg
At the entrance of Isfjord on the west coast of Spitsbergen we visit the coal mining village of Barentsburg founded on a site used in the early 20th century as a whaling station and named after the Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz. The coal mine was first exploited by the Dutch company NeSpiCo in the 1920s. Since 1932 it is has been owned and run by the Russian mining company Trust Arctickugol and has at times been the most populous settlement in Svalbard. Nowadays the population is about 500 and the the town has been largely renovated but it still bears witness to the Soviet heydays with its bust of Lenin and several monuments with slogans about communism and the greatness of the Soviet Union.
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Date: 06/01/2017
Duration: 00:08:49
001 Introduction to Curiously Polar
In this first episode we introduce this podcast series. Chris and Mario are onboard the S/V Noorderlicht cruising along the West coast of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard Archipelago. The time is the end of May and winter is loosening its grip from the land and the sea. The pack-ice is receding and the separation between water and rocks becomes visible in spite of the sub-zero temperatures and the snowstorms. Birds arrive to the nesting grounds from far and wide and wait impatiently for the snow and ice to melt and reveal the solid ground on which they will build their nests. Reindeer roam eagerly between barren patches and graze as much as possible from timid vegetation popping up between the stones. Polar bears take advantage of the last remains of the pack-ice to hunt seals before the thaw and the first whales profit of the large krill and small fish shoals.
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