The Arctic Summer Knows No Darkness

It’s been light out 24 hours a day for a while now in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut. Although the sun has been setting, it’s only been dropping just below the horizon for a brief rest before popping back into view. Ye...

Gathering Food Data on the Northern Ice

I’m preparing to head out onto the ice with Dr. Peter de Groot, a researcher from Queens University, and some very skilled and knowledgeable hunters from the community of Gjoa Haven, Nunavut. Peter’s drilling h...

Return to Gjoa Haven

It’s warmed up to -4 degrees C in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut – right in time for my arrival. The ice will be softening over the next few weeks and beginning its rapid retreat. By mid-June, the ice will be too dangerou...
Glacial meltwater river. Credit for all photos in post: Vancouver Aquarium.

The Other Melt Factor

We’ve talked a bit on this blog already about the importance of sea ice in the Arctic. But there are also large areas of “permanent” ice on land: massive sheets that spill glaciers – rivers of ice – into the va...