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“Passage”: A Film by John Walker Looks at the Story of John Rae and Inuit Oral Histories of the Lost Franklin Expedition

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Following the tale of hubris and national ambition, John Walker looks at the tragic fate of the 1845 Franklin expedition and the controversy surrounding the harrowing tale of desperation and futility as told by Inuit oral histories. The story is told with the assistance of Nunavut MLA and historian Tagak Curley, and draws on the [...]

“Field Notes”: Monthly Newsletter Focuses on Current Research in Circumpolar North

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Keep track of polar field service activities through the newsletter of the National Science Foundation’s arctic logistics contractor: VECO Polar Resources (VPR). Involved in over 100 research projects in Canada, Greenland, and the Circumpolar North, VPR provides transportation, field equipment, camp management, and safety training for field researchers through a global network of service providers. [...]

Video and Sound Installation Transforms Gehry Structure into Giant Iceberg

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

Cape Farewell expedition organizer and video artist David Buckland and soundscape composer Max Eastley visit Chicago’s Millennium Park as part of the 2007 Chicago Humanities Festival. The Eastly composition was played throughout the day at the Frank Gehry designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Nov. 3, 4, 10, and 11, and included strange and otherworldly sounds [...]

2008 Métis Canoe Expedition Seeks Members

Monday, October 15th, 2007

The expedition is a third of it’s kind, and will retrace historic voyageur routes in Ontario and the Prairies in a 26-foot replica birchbark canoe. The web site features extensive information on previous expeditions: member biographies, photo galleries, videos, press release, journals. Here is the full announcement: Métis Canoe Expedition Seeking Young Adventurers In 2003 [...]

Two Belgium Explorers Reach North Pole Milestone

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

The spring polar expedition round-up adds another milestone to the list. As reported in Far North Science and the Arctic Arc expedition website, two Belgium explorers (Alain Hubert and Dixie Dansercoer) reach the North Pole after 578 miles and 54 days of travel from the north coast of Siberia. They now depart on the last [...]

Norwegian Arctic Expedition Raises Funds for the Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute

Monday, April 16th, 2007

The Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute have provided support to the Museum, Library and Polar Archives of the Institute since 1946. In 2006, they sponsored a sled-dog trip to give volunteers an experience of the arctic and to create awareness for the activities of the Research Institute on climate change, remote sensing, circumpolar [...]

Frozen Five Sets Out on Scientific Skiing Expedition in Svalbard

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

March 29 marks the beginning of the Frozen Five expedition across Spitzbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard Archipelago. Expedition members range in age from 22-28, and will ski 1,000 km with five re-supply depots along the way. Highlights of their route include visits to a mining settlement, a polish research station, a research vessel [...]

Gretel Ehrlich and The Ukiivik Far North Expedition

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

She was struck by lightening in 1993 (Match to the Heart), her first book of prose received significant acclaim and won the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award (Solace of Open Spaces), and now she sets out on a year long journey of the Circumpolar North for a book “the Farthest North: The End of Ice” [...]

SnowSTAR 2007 Barrenlands Traverse

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Five Americans and three Canadians set out today for their 3,000 mile snowmobile journey across the arctic from Circle, Alaska, to Baker Lake, Nunavut. It’s part of the scientific program of the International Polar Year, and is funded by the National Science Foundation. They will visit 11 villages, dozens of historical locations, document snow conditions [...]

Northern Sámi and Climate Change Focus of 2007 Finnmark Sled-Dog Expedition

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

Seven member team begins its sled-dog trek across arctic Finnmark to document Sámi heritage, environmental effects of global warming, and snow conditions for the Global Snowflake Network of NASA. The expedition will cover 1,500 km in one month, and visit the birch and pine forests of the Russian Taiga, the Sámi settlement of Neiden, the [...]