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Date: 08/09/18
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 03/27/18
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 03/20/18
Duration: 00:33:33
041 Living in the Cold
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 03/13/18
Duration: 00:25:35
040 New Polar Expedition Ships
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 03/06/18
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 02/27/18
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 02/20/18
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 02/06/18
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
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 01/30/18
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 01/23/18
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 01/16/18
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 12/26/17
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).
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 12/19/17
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 12/12/17
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
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 12/05/17
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
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 11/28/17
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 11/21/17
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 11/14/17
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 11/07/17
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 10/31/17
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 10/24/17
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?
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 10/17/17
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
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 10/10/17
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 10/03/17
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 09/26/17
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 09/19/17
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 09/12/17
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 09/05/17
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 08/29/17
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 08/22/17
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 08/15/17
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 08/01/17
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
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 07/25/17
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
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 07/18/17
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 07/11/17
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 07/04/17
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 06/27/17
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 06/20/17
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 06/13/17
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 06/03/17
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 06/02/17
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt
Date: 06/01/17
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.
Das ist Mario Acquarone
Das ist Chris Marquardt

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