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Polar Obsession

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Source:nationalgeographic
Updated:2012/1/10 11:15:53

Hornsund, Spitsbergen
Photograph by Paul Nicklen

A hole in glacier ice frames Hornsund, Spitsbergen. Vikings may have found the far-flung islands of Svalbard as early as the 12th century.

 

Arctic Fox, Churchill, Canada
Photograph by Paul Nicklen

Concealed by rye grass covered with hoar frost, an arctic fox listens for mice under the winter snow. When the season changes, the fox's coat turns as well, adopting a brown or gray appearance that provides cover among the summer tundra's rocks and plants.

 

Leopard Seal, Anvers Island
Photograph by Paul Nicklen

Propelled by curiosity and powerful flippers, a leopard seal patrols a penguin rookery near Anvers Island, Antarctica. Solitary as adults, leopard seals roam so widely in the pack ice that little is known of their biology or even their numbers. Estimates range from 200,000 to 400,000.

 

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