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New Subglacial Antarctic Lake Environments (SALE) Web Site Examines All Aspects of Waterways Buried Under Ice

9/25/2007 Antarctica's Lake Vostok, one of the continent's roughly 140 subglacial lakes, is the size of Lake Ontario. SALE scientists want to understand the biology, geology, chemistry, glaciology, and physical processes of these unique environments. More

'Remarkable' Drop in Arctic Sea Ice Raises Questions

9/25/2007 Melting Arctic sea ice has shrunk to a 29-year low, significantly below the minimum set in 2005. More

Sea Ice Resources Available on this Portal

9/17/2007 A collection of resources for teachers and the general public gathered as part of the first "International Polar Day" of IPY, Sept. 21, 2007, which is organized around the theme of sea ice. More

Ozone Hole Success Story: NOAA Oberves 20th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol

9/16/2007 More than two decades ago, Susan Solomon and her colleagues deciphered the chemistry of the Antarctic ozone hole. Today, NOAA continues to lead in this area, including producing 20 questions and answers for non-scientists about ozone depletion. More

NSF-funded Researcher Seeks Clues to Waterproof Glue in Antarctic Creature

9/16/2007 For 20 years, Sam Bowser, has dived the frigid—yet biologically rich—waters of McMurdo Sound. He is interested in how tiny organisms build miniscule, but sophisticated, shells out of grains of sand using an extremely effective underwater glue. More

Alaska Water Resource Vulnerability Index: New Database Allows Communities to Assess Potential Risks to Fresh Water Supply

9/13/2007 A new water-vulnerability assessment tool created by University of Alaska researchers may help communities monitor and protect their water resources. More

USGS Web Site Contains Most Recent Information from Nine Studies of Polar Bear Habitat

9/8/2007 The U.S. Geological Survey has launched a Web site with information from recent studies of the relationships of polar bears to present and future sea-ice environments. More

Interior Makes Available an Executive Summary from a Climate Change Forum for Alaska

9/7/2007 On Feb. 21-23 2007, the Department of Interior's U.S. Fish & Wildife Service and the USGS held the forum as part of Interior's IPY efforts. Read an executive summary in .PDF. More

U.S. Fish & Wildife Alaska Office Maintains Alaska Climate Change Web site

9/7/2007 The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service maintains a separate Web site dedicated to its efforts to foster collaboration and integration "among programs, partners and stakeholders, and incorporation of climate change into decision-making." More

"Alaska's Cold Desert" Explores the Tundra for Teachers and the General Public

9/4/2007 This Bureau of Land Management Web site explores the unique features of Alaska's arctic ecosystem, with a focus on the special adaptations that enable plants and animals to survive. More

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