Far North Science

News, research and natural acts from Alaska

February 20th, 2007

Shelley’s Excellent Adventure complete

Homer author and adventurer Shelley Gill has reached Stanley in the Falkland Islands after a voyage to Antarctica and back. She asked her mates to write their impressions for her blog. More photos are online too!

Yva wrote:

My brain says that Antarctica is about light, and whiteness, and blueness, and remoteness so crystalline that all else seems smudged and grey and crowded in comparison. My heart says I want to come back here and spend more time floating in the shimmering glow of the sea, the ice and the sky. My stomach says: where is some food?

February 20th, 2007
Updated April 1, 2007 @ 1:21 pm

What the Inuit know (and need to know)

Alaska Natives have warned that the Earth “moves faster,” seasons have shifted. Break-up comes sooner, ice forms later. The old ways of reading the land and sea have been undercut as the climate changes.

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Spotted seal in the Bering Sea
NOAA Photo Library

Scientists have increasingly listened to these observations, recognizing that such “Traditional Ecological Knowledge” offers data and insight into the Arctic world.

Canadian researchers have also begun to focus on the value of Native knowledge in studies discussed this past week at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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