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General Polar Websites

Polar Education | General Polar | Cryosphere | Climate Change and the Polar Region
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Access the following web sites for "General Polar" information.


IPY-International Polar Year
Features: Educational resources, news, resources, launch events, blogs, links, everything polar!

Notes: “International Polar Year is program of coordinated, interdisciplinary scientific research and observations in the Earth's polar regions. The purpose of an IPY is to advance humanity's understanding of the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Past IPYs have led to significant advances in meteorology, magnetism, radio science and the launch of the first satellites.”

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NOAA Arctic Theme Page (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA)
Features: Everything!

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NSIDC Arctic Climatology and Meteorology PRIMER(National Snow and Ice Data Centre, USA)
Features: Meteorology and climate resources, map, glossary, images

Quote: “A collection of interesting and informative meteorology and climate facts with particular emphasis on Arctic phenomena. You can learn general information about the basics of Arctic weather, the factors that determine weather and climate, and some of the weather patterns in the Arctic. Brief sections also explore the Arctic's role in the global climate system and concerns about climate change.”

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SCAR-Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (ICSU-International Council for Science)
Features/Topics: Antarctic resources, Antarctic Treaty, news, publications, educational resources

Quote: “SCAR is charged with the initiating, developing and coordinating high quality international scientific research in the Antarctic region, and on the role of the Antarctic region in the Earth system.”

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AAD-Australian Government Antarctic Division
Features: Resources and Fact Files, research, maps, photos & images, webcams, educational materials, publications and more!

Notes: Check out the “Experience Antarctica” section for general information on the Antarctic continent.

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USAP-United States Antarctic Program (NSF-National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs)
Features: Science research, images and video, maps, Antarctic Treaty and more

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AINA-Arctic Institute of North America (U of Calgary, Canada)
Features: News, research and education, publications, links and more

Quote: “Created by an Act of Parliament in 1945, the AINA is a non-profit membership organization and a multi-disciplinary research institute of the University of Calgary.”  “The institute's mandate is to advance the study of the North American and circumpolar Arctic through the natural and social sciences, the arts and humanities and to acquire, preserve and disseminate information on physical, environmental and social conditions in the North.”

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National Geographic Antarctica Hub
Features: Resources, and interactive map, games, links and much more

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USGS Educational Resources Index for IPY (US Geological Survey, USA)
Features: IPY history, maps, fact sheets, photographs, databases, links
Notes: Designed for researchers, students and teachers.

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USGS IPY Resources

Check out the Alaska Science Centre for Arctic news, wildlife information and research here

Construct you own map with the LIMA-Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica here

Taiga.net (UNEP-United Nations Environment Programme/GRID-Arendal)
Features: Reports, educational materials, wildlife, links and more

Quote: “Taiga Net is a co-operative environmental and community web network facilitated by UNEP/GRID-Arendal. Each site on this network owns and manages its own content.”

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ANDRILL-ANtarctic geological DRILLing Project
Features: Educational resources, news, animations, photos, Antarctic historical timeline, Podcasts, links and more

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Educational resources
Exploration Timeline
Antarctic organizations

United States Polar Rock Repository  (National facility at the Byrd Polar Research Center, The Ohio State University, USA)
Features: FAQ, Kids Space and the Rock Sample Database

Quote: “The repository houses rock sample collections from Antarctica and the Arctic, along with field notes, photos, maps, paleomagnetic cores, rock and mineral residues, thin sections, and microfossil mounts, microslides and residues.”

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Antarctic Connection
Features: Travel, news and weather, wildlife, message boards, shopping, links and more!

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Cool Antarctica
Features: News, wildlife, history, shopping, photos, links and more!

Notes: Run by Paul Ward, a teacher who spent 2 years in Antarctica with British Antarctic Survey as a marine biologist.  He developed this site after his return.

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Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station (USA)
Features: News, history, photos, webcams, links

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Arctic Studies Program wiki (University of Lapland, Finland)
Features: News, wildlife and plants, quizzes, links

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WHOI Expeditions (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA)
Features: Expedition outlines (see below), polar resources, images, fact sheets, video, blogs and journals, interviews, live teleconferences, games and more

Topics: Oceanography, polar comparisons, temperature and climate, biology, sea ice, optical effects, Arctic exploration history

Edge of the Arctic Shelf 2004
Polar Discovery

NOAA Ocean Explorer Explorations (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA)
Features: Expedition outlines (see below) and mission summaries for each expedition, classroom lesson plans, slideshows, explorer/researcher biographies, research data, animations, publications, images and much more

Notes: Updates are constantly being added.  Only a few polar related explorations are outlined (see below), explore the site to find more

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Tracking Narwhals in Greenland 2006-2007
Sounds of the Southern Ocean 2006
The Hidden Ocean Arctic 2005
Gulf of Alaska: Exploring Alaska's Seamounts 2004


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