Arctic Ice Reaches a Low High

ENVIRONMENT The winter ice covering the Arctic Ocean has reached its annual peak, but the extent of sea ice this winter is smaller than it has been since scientists began keeping consistent satellite records. (New York Times graphic) Use our Polar Regions MapMaker Kit to plot the receding sea ice. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion … Continue reading Arctic Ice Reaches a Low High

Geography in the News: The Arctic’s Northeast Passage

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Europeans have dreamed of a Northeast Passage through the Arctic Ocean since at least the A.D. 1000s. Efforts to open a year-round Northeast Passage along the Siberian margins of the Arctic Ocean made news in 1998 when an international team used icebreakers in the successful attempt. In 2013, Russia gave permits to 431 ships … Continue reading Geography in the News: The Arctic’s Northeast Passage