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Walking On The Tundra

February 18th, 2011 | By | Filed in Uncategorized

Image by ascappatura on Flickr, licenced under creative commons.

Arctic Photography Book by Ragnar Axelsson

February 17th, 2011 | By | Filed in Current Events, IN THE NEWS

Polarworld, the publishers of Face To Face, Polar Portraits, have a gorgeous new photography book available. Last Days of the Arctic by Ragnar Axelsson is full of stunning imagery and has earned rave reviews. I highly recommend viewing the flipbook 'preview' on Polarworld's website here. The New York Times has this to say -
'He has trekked through glacial storms, fallen through rifts and awakened on ice that has drifted out to sea. But Ragnar Axelsson just keeps coming back … His stark photographs capture a place of extremes, bathed in surreal white Arctic light. Cathedral-like icebergs miniaturize man, a hungry sled dog howls and a hunter in a frosted hood meets you with his tired gaze.'
Pre-order the book on amazon.com, or purchase directly from the publishers on their website. Ragnar Axelsson also maintains a personal site showcasing more of his work. YouTube Preview Image

Baby Polar Bear Greets The World

February 14th, 2011 | By | Filed in IN THE NEWS

Photo credits: Sussi Køber / Aalborg Zoo, Via Zooborns

Once again the Zooborns website brings us some great baby photos of our favorite bears. From their site -
For the first time last week, mama Polar Bear "Malik" coaxed her three month old cub out of their cozy den for a little outdoor adventure at Denmark's Aalborg Zoo.

A Tipping Point For The Arctic Climate?

February 10th, 2011 | By | Filed in Current Events, IN THE NEWS

YouTube Preview Image This video of Dr. Steven C. Amstrup from Polar Bears International follows up on the Nature.com article we've reported on in the past, presenting hope for the future of Polar Bear survival. His research does not find a 'tipping point' in the summer sea ice, suggesting the changes in climate are entirely related to greenhouse emissions.
“There’s a widely held perception that nothing can be done to help polar bears and the arctic ecosystem,” says Amstrup. “Our findings show this isn’t true.”

Exploratory Trip With National Geographic Television

February 9th, 2011 | By | Filed in AK NEWS, AK PRODUCTS & SERVICES, Filmmakers, Photographers

Recently shared on our facebook albums, a whole series of great photos from a recent exploratory trip with National Geographic Television to James Bay in northern Ontario.

Aurora over basecamp. Photo credit - Andrew Casagrande, National Geographic Filmmaker.

A turbo beaver waiting on the windswept sea ice of James Bay as we head off by snowmobile and snowshoe to follow polar bear tracks spotted from the air.

Ernest, our Cree guide, naturalist interpreter and animal tracker.

Welcome Back, Sun!

February 8th, 2011 | By | Filed in AK NEWS

After nearly 2 months of absence, the sun crests the horizon just over the mountains. Photo shot on February 3, 2011 by Thomas Lennartz at 12:00 noon in Arctic Bay.

"Inupiaq Word of the Day" On Facebook

February 4th, 2011 | By | Filed in INUIT, Inuit Culture/Art

Here's something to 'like' for sure. Anniagruk Mary Sage saw a need to connect far-flung Iñupiaq speakers and to bring the language to people who are interested in learning more about it in a positive, friendly environment. She records videos and posts them to this Facebook page, while inviting all to participate by creating content, and discussing regional differences in dialect. From the page, her goal -
To infuse the process of learning to speak the Iñupiaq language with humor and compassion. To excite and inspire non-speakers of the language to speak and to learn. We are all learning, and it's all ok. 🙂
More information on speaking Inupiaq can be found online at alaskool.org, including a dictionary and phrasebook. Language geek.com also has pronunciation guides and a break down of some of the dialect divisions.
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