There's just about everything here that you'd ever need to know about the Arctic, listed both ALPHABETICALLY and by CATEGORY. Ideal for students. (Double-click any word on these pages for a "pop-up" definition.)
Maps that define the Arctic by the ARCTIC CIRCLE, the TREELINE and TEMPERATURE, our BIG MAP OF THE ARCTIC with current weather reports - and MORE!
GUIDE TO ARCTIC SUNRISE AND SUNSET
Tables of daily sunrise and sunset durations in the Arctic. Learn about the "land of the midnight sun", solstices, equinoxes, twilight and MORE!
EARTH VIEWER: LOOKING DOWN ON THE NORTH POLE
Look down on the pole from 1,000,000 km in space. You can adjust the settings to view the Earth from any angle. Very cool stuff!
NOAA ARCTIC PROGRAM WEBSITE
Learn about what NOAA is working on in the Arctic and website updates coming in the future.
NATIONAL SNOW & ICE DATA CENTER
Scientific data for snow, glaciers, ice sheets, sea ice, ice shelves, soil moisture and frozen ground.
THE ARCTIC AND THE ANTARCTIC
Discover the polar ocean basins. Both the Arctic Ocean and the Southern Ocean are defined by ice and dramatic shifts between endless day and endless night.
GLOSSARY OF SNOW, ICE AND PERMAFROST TERMS
Every term you'd ever need to know - and then some.
THE ARCTIC OCEAN
The Arctic Ocean is one of the world's seven seas. Its top is frozen and the floating ice is around 16 million sq. km, (greater than the US), shrinking in summer to 9 million sq. km. As the ice shrinks, open water leads expose the black water.
Pancake ice, pack ice, bay ice, rotton ice... they're all here!
ARCTIC TIMELINE: 1496-1962
The exploration of the North has extended over five hundred years and rather than finding a northwest passage to the eastern trade, it discovered a great fur trade and valuable fisheries, and even great oil fields. Early crews were often separated from their homes for years and some never returned.
Long before the Swedish, Finnish or even the Viking culture had developed, the Scandinavian peninsula was populated by the Saemieh (now referred to as Sami or Saami).
REACHING THE NORTH POLE
What is it about the North Pole that continues to attract adventurers from around the world? That dot on the map has a magic that is irresistible to some, undoubtedly enhanced by the journals of early explorers searching for the elusive Northwest and Northeast Passages.
ArcticStat is a permanent, public and independent statistical database dealing with the countries, regions and populations of the Circumpolar Arctic.