How Will Search And 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: who would coordinate the necessary search and rescue teams, and where should they be based? Geographer Mia Bennett tried to answer this question on her blog, Cryopolitics.

A Floating Arctic City Fuelled By Eating Icebergs

With glaciers firing off more icebergs into the Atlantic than ever before, it shouldn’t be surprising that people are envisioning futures that make the most of the dystopian realities a climate-changed world could bring. Cities that float around the arctic while eating icebergs are another one of those futures.

Canada's About To Claim The North Pole As Its Own

Have you spent the past decade believing that Canada is nothing more than the friendly, innocuous country north of the US? Good — that’s what they wanted you to think. In reality, Canada has given the past 10 years of its life and $US200 million dollars in taxpayer money to file the ultimate claim: 2.6 million square kilometres of Arctic seafloor that, yes, includes the North Pole.

The North Pole Is Now A Lake

If you think these images from the North Pole look more like a lake than the snow-covered expanse you’d expect, that’s because it is — the North Pole has melted. April saw the ninth heaviest snow cover on record measured in the Arctic, covering the Pole in more of the white stuff than it’s seen in a long ol’ time. But by May temperatures increased and almost half the cover melted.

The Skies Of Greenland Are Full Of Alien-Looking Optical Effects

We live in a wonderful world indeed. And in places like Greenland, the skies are wonderful too, full of spectres, ringed glories, sundogs, coronas, lunar halos and cloudbows. These weird atmospheric optical phenomenons are common there.

These Beautiful Waterfalls Are Made Entirely Of Ice

Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson — two veteran National Geographic photographers who have been married for 28 years — have captured this beautifully surreal image of waterfalls fully made of ice. I guess that those ice caps are really melting.

There Are Glaciers In This Museum. Kind Of.

You don’t have to go all the way to the Arctic to explore its massive and silently beautiful glaciers. Instead, you can visit High Arctic, an exhibition in London’s National Maritime Museum.

How The USSR Tried To Melt The Arctic

The story of one intrepid Soviet scientist, his quest to dam the Bering Strait, melt the Arctic and bring prosperity to the Frozen North. Aside from the massive, man-made global warming, what could possibly go wrong?

Arctic Researcher Gets To Drink 100,000-Year-Old Glacier Water

The scientists who research our planet’s poles have a tough, incredible job. Drilling thousands of metres into the icy surface to retrieve core samples reveals a lot about our planet. It also provides a refreshing, pre-historic drink.

Dream Job: Scientists Search For Arctic Asteroids On Hovercraft

Ever since hovercraft popularity peaked in early 90s R/C toys, I’d mentally buried the sheer awesomeness of the technology. Luckily, Wired reminded me with a piece depicting researchers searching for asteroids in the Arctic while floating on air and rubber.