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Cover of new book ICE, with author photo of Klaus Dodds

Environment

The meaning of ice

In his new book, Klaus Dodds delves into the fascinating natural and cultural history of ice

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Glaciologist Joseph Cook studies microbial ecosystems on the surface of the Greenland ice sheet.

Science & Tech

The “frozen rainforest” within the ice

Glaciologist Joseph Cook on the vibrant life in the Arctic ice sheet

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Adam Shoalts paddles across Great Bear Lake

Exploration

The explorer versus the ice labyrinth

An exclusive excerpt from the new book Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada's Arctic by Royal Canadian Geographical Society Explorer-in-Residence Adam Shoalts

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Exploration

The cool calling: Glaciologist Alison Criscitiello is redefining the term explorer

She's also combining her knowledge and skills to uncover the secrets of climate change 

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Members of the Enduring Ice Project jump from ice floe to ice floe in Nares Strait during their expedition in the summer of 2017.

Exploration

Photos: Tracking Arctic sea ice in Nares Strait

An account of Enduring Ice, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society's 2017 Expedition of the Year 

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Arctic Frontiers conference 2019

Environment

Five key takeaways from the Arctic Frontiers conference

The uncertainty and change that's currently disrupting the region dominated the annual meeting's agenda

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History

glaciers

Exploration

Exploration

Under the icefield and inside the mountain

Go deep below the Columbia Icefield in Banff National Park to “the most inaccessible place in Canada” with the 2020 Castleguard Cave Expedition

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People & Culture

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Whales in the news! Are icebreakers ruining narwhals’ summer getaway?

Are icebreakers ruining narwhals’ summer getaway? Plus, Montreal’s whale-ward minkes, Canada’s first North Atlantic right whale visit of the year, a new K pod baby, and humpback and orca continue to clash

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A Student on Ice teacher talks to students in a small boat surrounded by ice

Science & Tech

World Oceans Day: Building a more sustainable ocean future — one worker at a time

Part three of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster: A six-part series

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Environment

The Winter Grab: “First-of-its-kind” Great Lakes winter sampling takes place

Research institutions from across Canada and the U.S. collaborate to collect and analyze carbon samples from the Great Lakes during peak ice coverage

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Icebergs in the Canadian High Arctic

Environment

Microplastics are turning up in Arctic ice

The discovery of microplastics in ice cores from Lancaster Sound highlights plastic pollution’s disturbing reach

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Satellite image of Antarctica Weddell Sea with sea ice and extra-tropical cyclones from September 25, 2017

Environment

A huge hole in Antarctica’s sea ice could offer insight into climate change

Researchers say the naturally occurring ice-free area, called a polynya, is a rare opportunity to study heat transfer between the ocean and atmopshere in the southern polar region

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Researchers studying the impact of ship traffic and noise on whales in the eastern Beaufort Sea cruise the Prince of Wales Strait in a  Zodiac

People & Culture

Protecting whales in an ice-free Arctic

As Arctic sea ice vanishes, new measures are needed to protect marine wildlife from increased ship traffic 

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Jill Heinerth cave selfie

Exploration

Exploring beyond fear

In this excerpt from her new memoir, Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver, Jill Heinerth writes about learning to accept fear as a part of exploration

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A sign advertising the status of the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk ice road

Travel

Northwest Territories promotes last chance to drive historic ice road

Next winter, the ice road connecting Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk will be replaced by an all-season overland highway

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Travel

The spell of the Yukon 

An insider’s account of the modern-day gold rush

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Diver Tyler Boelens glides beneath the ice of Georgian Bay

Exploration

Freediving under the ice of Georgian Bay

“It’s kind of what I imagine outer space to be like”

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Lancaster Sound in the Canadian High Arctic

Places

Life and death in Lancaster Sound

Blood on ice in the Arctic is not a sign of death, but an affirmation of life itself

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ice chunks near glacier

Science & Tech

Hearts in the Ice: Climate change in our polar regions

A warmer, wetter, and wilder climate is unbalancing the Arctic ecosystem

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Exploration

Jill Heinerth dives into the Arctic

"Arctic on the Edge" expedition will see the RCGS' Explorer-in-Residence document the life cycle of Arctic ice and gather Inuit testimony on climate change

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Calling all Canadians! Ig we gave you $10,000 to fight climate change, how would you do it?

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Live Net Zero Challenge (2022)

A man watches a helicopter fly low above an icy ocean from his ship.

People & Culture

Safety first, service always: The Canadian Coast Guard turns 60

A celebration of the Canadian Coast Guard’s renowned search-and-rescue capabilities — and more — as the special operating agency turns 60

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Travel

Scientists discover jet lag gene in mice

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Travel

Breaking the ice: making the most of spring with Icebreaker’s Allure Travel dress

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Side-scan sonar used in this summer’s Franklin search

History

Ice cover cooperates in Franklin search — for now

First surveying trip a success, but tougher conditions beckon

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The wreck of Endurance at the bottom of the ocean

Exploration

Shackleton’s lost ship Endurance found in remarkable condition below Antarctic ice

On the 100th anniversary of Shackleton’s funeral, the Endurance22 Expedition has located the iconic ship

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and PJ Akeeagok Victor Bay, Nunavut

Environment

Feds and Inuit governments collaborate on new High Arctic marine protections

Groups agree to plan to conserve the High Arctic Basin, while Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area becomes official

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weather and climate in Svalbard

Kids

Hearts in the Ice: Weather and Climate

From sea ice to ocean currents, Svalbard has a unique yet fragile environment that may look very different as climate change shifts weather patterns

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The Thelon Wildlife Sanctuary is only accessible by bush plane or canoeing the Thelon River.

Exploration

Diary of a northern explorer

An 86-year-old journal provides insights into the perils of northern exploration

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Mount Logan

Exploration

Re-measuring Canada’s highest mountain

A team of climbers and scientists plan to summit the Yukon’s Mount Logan next spring in the name of climate change — and to re-evaluate its height with modern GPS technology

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People & Culture

Ice road truckers

What it's like to be in one of Canada's most exhilarating and unusual professions

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Environment

Stories of Ice: Adventure, Commerce and Creativity on Canada’s Glaciers

Author Lynn Martel offers an examination of Canadian glaciers to understand their futures and the secrets they hold

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Left: Adam Weymouth author photo. Right: Book cover Kings of the Yukon

Environment

On the trail of the “Kings of the Yukon”

Adam Weymouth's first book, Kings of the Yukon, sees him paddle the length of the Yukon River to trace the route of migrating chinook salmon

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People & Culture

The end of the world

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People & Culture

Bill Lishman to create huge outdoor iceberg sculpture for Museum of Nature

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People & Culture

The man who brought ice climbing to northern Ontario

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People & Culture

Top Canadian cave diver shares the wonders and dangers of the underwater world

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Adrienne White in July 2014, near Milne Fiord on northern Ellesmere Island.

People & Culture

2015 RCGS research grantees

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People & Culture

A passage through Ice: Setting sail

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kayaking Ellesmere Island

People & Culture

Circumnavigating Ellesmere Island by kayak and ski

Jon Turk shares an excerpt from his new book Crocodiles and Ice: A Journey into Deep Wild

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Mapping

New real-time ice mapping project could save lives

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Science & Tech

The art and science of Vanishing Ice

Tough, yet fragile. Ancient, yet vulnerable. Ice has inspired artists and scientists for generations but a new exhibit aims to show ice – and its relationship to climate change – in a new way.

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Glacier on Svalbard, Norway

Kids

Hearts in the Ice: Citizen Science

From phytoplankton to drones, citizen science in the remote Svalbard wilderness is contributing to research around the world

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polar bear mother and her young cub

Kids

Hearts in the Ice: Biodiversity and our oceans

Two adventurers have extended their stay in isolation in Svalbard, Norway to continue gathering wildlife observations in the remote Arctic

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Science & Tech

How satellite radar is making Canada’s northern winter roads safer

Researchers are tracking ice density, cracks and the impacts of truck traffic from space

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Science & Tech

Few winter boots protect wearers from slipping on ice, say researchers

Study tests and ranks the best winter boots on wet and dry ice

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Science & Tech

Ice-sealed lakes in Canada’s highest Arctic are ancient living laboratories

How does life survive in one of the most inhospitable places on Earth and why does it matter? Warwick Vincent is finding answers on the bottoms of frozen lakes at the top of the world.

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Science & Tech

6 weird ways to combat climate change

 These less-than-conventional methods might be the future front lines of fighting climate change

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Science & Tech

Emerging satellite and imaging technologies may help limit the increasing risks to Arctic shipping and exploration

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Photo: Hannes Grobe/Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research/Wikimedia Commons

Science & Tech

Team of scientists to freeze research vessel in Arctic ice

A ship frozen into the Arctic sea ice sounds like an 19th-century expedition gone wrong, but for one team of scientists, it will serve as a platform for crucial climate change research.

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Bamsebu cabin in Svalbard, Norway

Science & Tech

Q&A: How isolation in the remote High Arctic can have valuable lessons for our changing world

Adventurers Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Fålun Strøm, founders of Hearts in the Ice, return to Svalbard, Norway, for a second overwintering to build on their citizen science work

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Wildlife

Photos: The ice grizzlies of northern Yukon

From September to November, grizzly bears gather in the mountainous Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Traditional Territory to feast on salmon. As the temperature dips, their fur becomes coated in ice, creating an otherworldly look and spectacular photos.

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