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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

The USGS has a long tradition of scientific monitoring, assessment, and research in the Polar regions. Beginning with the geophysical and geological surveys carried out in Antarctica in cooperation with the National Science Foundation after WWII, the USGS has participated in activities as diverse as topographic mapping and geodetic control in Antarctica, satellite and ground-based monitoring of glaciers and ice caps, research on movements, distribution patterns and adaptation of polar wildlife, estimates of circum-Arctic energy resources, monitoring changes in permafrost temperatures, and the development of paleoclimate records from polar ice cores.

Website: http://international.usgs.gov/ipy/default.shtml

USGS Resources and Studies Related to the Question of Listing the Polar Bear as a Threatened Species

10/6/2010 This U.S. Geological Survey website presents studies of the relationships of polar bears to present and future sea ice environments. More

USGS and British Antarctic Survey Document Rapid Disappearance of Antarctica's Ice Shelves in a New Map

5/29/2009 The USGS and the British Antarctic Survey have published a report and accompanying map on changes brought about by the collapse of Anarctica's Larsen and Wordie ice shelves. Ice. Note: the map may be downloaded as a .pdf, but is a large file. More

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