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Biologists and Alaska Natives Equip Seals with Satellite Transmitters to Develop Management Strategy

8/31/2007 Biologists and Native hunters in the Alaskan village of Kotzebue, funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are jointly developing a management strategy for bearded seal habitat. More

Greenland's Ice Alarm

8/28/2007 What would large-scale ice loss on Greenland mean to the rest of the world? Waleed Abdalati, head of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Cryospheric Sciences Branch, says, "The potential effects are scary enough so that we better figure it out." More

GLIMS: Keeping an Eye on Earth's Glacier's from Space

8/23/2007 Global Land Ice Measurements from Space (GLIMS) monitors the world's glaciers, primarily using satellite data. More than 60 institutions worldwide are involved. The USGS supports GLIMS. More

National Academies' Polar Research Board Reports a Source of Independent Analysis on Significant Scientific Issues

8/23/2007 The Polar Research Board provides independent scientific guidance to federal agencies and the nation. It maintains an online list of reports on topics ranging from the exploration of subglacial lakes to Arctic contributions to social science. More

From Data Gathered at the World-Class Observatory at the South Pole: Animation Illustrates Cataclysm at the Galaxy's Core

8/22/2007 Every 20 million years or so, gas at the galactic center sets off bursts of star formation. The stars eventually go supernova, sterilizing a massive surrounding region. Requires RealPlayer plug-in. More

Read Dispatches from an International Research Cruise to the Arctic's Beaufort Gyre

8/20/2007 Ice, ocean, and atmosphere interact to affect the health of the Arctic climate. At the heart of this system is the Beaufort Gyre, one of the planet's least-explored bodies of water. More

NASA's AMASE Mission to Norway Allows Scientists to Test Tools and Techniques for Future Mars Missons

8/16/2007 From Aug. 12 to 26, Arctic Mars Analog Svalbard Expedition scientists will deploy to study a Mars-like environment using techniques that may feature in future planetary missions. Read their journals. More

Multimedia Web Site Explores the Extraordinary Challenges of Predicting Antarctic Weather

8/15/2007 Forecasting the weather on Earth’s highest, driest and windiest continent is difficult. This NSF-funded site explains for the public exactly why and why it matters. The modules also are downloadable. More

Minerals Management Service-Funded IPY projects

8/4/2007 Charged with protecting the marine environment, while fostering responsible development of the nation’s offshore natural resources, including the Alaskan Arctic, MMS funds multiple IPY projects. More

Interior's Minerals Management Service and NOAA's National Marine Mammal Laboratory will Study Right Whales in the Bering Sea

8/4/2007 Two federal ageices will jointly launch a $5 million, three-and-a-half year research program to study endangered North Pacific right whales. More