Need to know the history of arctic sea ice, whether mercury pollution is harming polar bears, or perhaps the current temperature at the North Pole? These are just a few tidbits to be found at the, Arctic Theme Page a new collection of links and articles from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The site is aimed at a wide audience, from teachers to college students to researchers. A section for scientists leads to maps and data at NOAA and other agencies—from satellite images to maps of protected marine areas—as well as dozens of research institutions. Among educational offerings are 10 essays by scientists on topics such as the Arctic Oscillation (an ocean-linked climate pattern) and the effects of pollutants on arctic people and wildlife. Other links cover everything from northern lights and Alaska archaeology to arctic foxes and hares. A photo page includes a 1921 photo of explorers poling through the Beaufort Sea and a snowy shot of the top of the world taken by scientists last April.