Melting Arctic Ice Is Drastically Changing National Geographic's Atlas

When the the 10th edition of the National Geographic world atlas is released this fall, it will look markedly different from previous versions. That field of endless white usually covering the very north of the planet will be dramatically reduced to reflect the real-life shrinkage of the Arctic ice sheet. » 6/10/14 1:00pm 6/10/14 1:00pm

First-person point of view video recorded by a wild polar bear

US Geological Survey's biologists attached cameras and radio collars to four free-ranging female Alaskan polar bears last April. One of the resulting videos shows one of the bears in action in the Beaufort Sea, checking out a potential mate, swimming below ice, and trying to eat a frozen seal (which is kind of gross.) » 6/08/14 5:04pm 6/08/14 5:04pm

How Will Search & Rescue Work If A Plane Goes Down in the Arctic?

It has been nearly a month since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared from radar, and its ultimate whereabouts remain unclear. The complex international effort of searching for the plane in a remote stretch of the South Indian Ocean raises the question of what would happen if a plane were to go down in the Arctic:… » 4/04/14 3:20pm 4/04/14 3:20pm

Canada's About to Claim the North Pole as Its Own

Have you spent the past decade believing that Canada is nothing more than our friendly, innocuous neighbor to the north? Good—that's what they wanted you to think. In reality, Canada has given the past 10 years of its life and $200 million dollars in taxpayer money to file the ultimate claim: over 1 million square… » 12/03/13 1:20pm 12/03/13 1:20pm

The Most Detailed Images of Polar Ice Cap Thickness Yet

In 2010, the European Space Agency launched Cryosat, a spacecraft designed to monitor changes in the shape and thickness of polar ice on Earth. It's taken the scientists behind the project some time to crunch through all the data—but they've managed it, and the new images offer an unprecedented view of the state of… » 4/24/12 9:22am 4/24/12 9:22am