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U.S. Arctic Policy: An Overview from the U.S. Department of State

8/27/2008 U.S. Arctic policy emphasizes environmental protection, sustainable development, human health, and the role of indigenous people and other Arctic residents as stakeholders in the Arctic. More

"Frequently Asked Questions" Explain What Arctic Sea Ice Is and Why it Matters to Global Climate

8/27/2008 Complied by the National Snow and Ice Data Center these frequently asked questions include "What is sea ice?", "Why is Arctic sea ice so important?", and "How do scientists monitor the Arctic sea ice?" More

USGS Animated Maps Show Behavior of Tagged Walruses

8/26/2008 USGS researchers attached satellite radio-tags to 10 adult walruses to map foraging locations within the St. Lawrence Island polynya. NSF and the Northern Pacific Research Board supported the survey. More

Fish & Wildlife Service Web Site is a Gathering Place for Polar Bear Information

8/21/2008 The multimedia site includes a list of "frequently asked questions" about the bears, a timeline of events leading to the decision to declare the polar bear a threatened species, polar bear videos and more. More

National Snow and Ice Data Center Web Site Provides Continuous Updates of the Extent and Status of Arctic Sea Ice

8/12/2008 Arctic sea ice reflects sunlight, keeping the polar regions cool and moderating global climate. But Arctic sea ice has declined dramatically over at least the past thirty years. NSIDC keeps a scientific eye on conditions. More

U.S.S. Nautilius Veterans Mark 50th Anniversary of the First Trip Under the North Pole

8/3/2008 On Aug. 3, 2008 the Submarine Force Library and Museum hosted a ceremony honoring the anniversary of the first submerged transit of the Arctic Ocean. In July, the U.S.S. Providence marked the anniversary at the North Pole. More