Although you might think that the North Pole is nothing but a barren wilderness populated only by polar bears and Santa, a surprisingly large number of countries are getting surprisingly bitchy about who owns it — mostly because of the oil underneath. Today, Denmark added its name to the list.
The Canadian government is claiming 463,323 square miles (1.2 million square kilometers) in the Arctic, a wide expanse of territory that includes the North Pole. Trouble is, Canada hasn't yet fully mapped the area, nor does it have the scientific evidence to back the claim.
You've probably never lent Mars's northern pole a great deal of thought, but you can explore it in wonderful 3D glory in this ESA video.
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…
Sergey Dolya took some incredible photos in an expedition to the North Pole on board a Russian Arktika-class nuclear ice breaker. In the words of Buzz Aldrin, "Beautiful, beautiful. Magnificent desolation." By the way, did you know that you can get a cabin on board these and other industrial ships?
What you see here is some of the best footage shot from the front and back mounted cameras on one of the P-3B aircraft that runs NASA's IceBridge missions. These vistas are from the spring mission over Greenland and the Arctic, but NASA's going back for more this fall.
Brace yourself ladies and gentlemen for some breaking somewhat-climate-change-related news coming out of the Arctic. The North Pole that just one week ago looked like a lake on the top of planet Earth, no longer looks like a lake. It's frozen now, just like it usually is.
Last week, we heard that the Arctic Ocean had gotten so warm that the region around the North Pole itself had melted. But that's not strictly true – as this video shows.
An especially hot summer has melted the snow atop the North Pole, leaving a green, watery lake around the pole's marker. Almost half the North Pole's snow cover has melted since May. Santa Claus could use a kayak this year as an early Christmas present.
Yes, this is a photo of the North Pole — and it's under water. But the dramatic scene is not as alarming as you might think.
If you think these images from the North Pole look more like a lake than the snow-covered expanse you'd expect, that because it is is—the North Pole has melted.
Ok, are you ready for this? I know… WOW.
A warm sea at the North Pole — it's a bizarre idea, but one several individuals sought and gave their lives to find for financial gain and the glory of their home countries.
I'm absolutely fascinated by this new image of the Moon, showing a unique angle that you will never ever seen from Earth: its north pole! It's a really strange perspective of such a familiar object. .
Did you know that the north magnetic pole is shifting at a rate of 40 miles per year? Most don't because it doesn't affect their lives. Unfortunately for Tampa International Airport it does! They're in the process of adjusting their runways.
The north magnetic pole is moving at 37 miles-a-year toward Russia, which means they're stealing it. Or the Earth's core is fluxing. Actually, nobody really knows what's happening. I just hope it's not a prelude to a catastrophic magnetic shift.
When compasses and GPS fail the Catlin Arctic Survey expedition, they go with a low tech "gadget" to help them navigate the freezing wastes and find their bearing: A lacy pair of panties.
The multi-spiked item in the artwork above may be some sort of high-tech craft touching down for directions, or it could be a very advanced research station set up over a crevasse in Antarctica. Probably outfitted with scads of sensors, heated seats, and a fancy beverage dispenser as well.
Fancy a trip to the north pole? If you've got two million bucks and a couple days of free time, someone's got an auction for you.