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Capt. Michael Healy: An Arctic Scientific Legacy Lives On in a Namesake ship

5/16/2007 The USCGC Healy, the Coast Guard's Arctic icebreaker equipped for conducting science, carries on the legacy of her namesake Capt. Michael A. Healy. The son of an Irish plantation owner and a former slave, Healy played many key roles in the Arctic of the 1880's. Even in the early days of Arctic operations, science was an important part of the Coast Guard's mission; naturalist John Muir made a number of scientific voyages with Healy. More

U.S. Polar Explorer Cook's Papers at the Library of Congress

5/15/2007 The Library of Congress maintains a register of the papers of Dr. Frederick Albert Cook, the first American to winter in both the Antarctic and the Arctic. In 1908 Cook claimed to be the first man to reach the North Pole, a claim contested by his American rival Robert E. Peary. More

Jobs in the Polar Regions

5/11/2007 Scientists who work in the polar regions generally earn a place in the field only after spending years acquiring doctoral degrees. But it is possible to find jobs in the Arctic and Antarctic by joining those who support the scientists. More

Virtually Immerse Yourself in Alaska Native Cultures

5/1/2007 The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History has created a multimedia Web presence for its Alaska Native collections. The site has 360-degree views of artifacts, sound clips of native speakers and individual sections devoted to different indigenous groups. More