Feeling the Pulse of Modern Arctic Life

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Science  30 Aug 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5586, pp. 1493
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5586.1493b

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For centuries, the Sámi worked the Kola Peninsula, breeding reindeer, fishing, and hunting on a frigid land hard up against northern Scandinavia. Then the Soviet industrial machine rolled in and pockmarked the peninsula with mines and military bases. An innovative project is now attempting to use data on pollution and the environment to create a picture of how the postcommunist upheaval is buffeting the Kola region.