December 12, 2012 |
Desperately seeking reindeer? Long after the Christmas season has ended, Travcoa leads a March tour of Finland and Sweden to see the real animals in their native Lapland. Participants on the 15-day Scandinavian trip meet the Sami, the indigenous people who herd reindeer, and learn some of their traditions by celebrating St. Maria's Day with them. Excursions via snowmobile, dog sled and even reindeer-pulled sleighs explore the arctic landscape. Highlights include crossing the Arctic Circle, spending a night in the famed Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, viewing the northern lights too touring Helsinki, where the trip begins, and Stockholm, where it ends.
June 22, 2012 |
New data from a core drilled into a Russian lake provide the longest continuous record of Arctic conditions and show that the pole had periods of unexpectedly high temperatures and rainfall, much higher than researchers thought possible. The warm periods may have melted most of the Arctic ice sheet and coincide with periods when parts of the Antarctic were also ice-free and warm, researchers said Thursday. The findings indicate that climate changes at the two poles are more closely linked than expected and that the polar regions are much more vulnerable to change than had been expected.
January 30, 2011 |
The Magnetic North: Notes From the Arctic Circle by Sara Wheeler (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 302 pp., $26). Calling all explorers! Here is an antidote to your shrinking life (should we go to Home Depot to look at cabinets this weekend, dear?). Sara Wheeler is an interloper in the world of "frozen beards," her fond phrase for the largely male world of Arctic exploration. Sixty-six degrees is her start and finish line ? though many of the arctic zones she explores wobble around that arbitrary circle.
December 3, 2010
Intrepid skiers and snowboarders will stop at nothing to find new frontiers to conquer, even if doing so means traveling to the ends of the Earth. The snow addicts in the eye-popping documentary "Wintervention" think nothing of shredding in Antarctica, heli-skiing in the Caucasus range or bombing down mountainsides in the Arctic Circle. Redondo Union High School, 1 Sea Hawk Way, Redondo Beach. 7:30 p.m. Thu. Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Fri. Laguna Beach High School, 625 Park Ave., Laguna Beach.
April 18, 2010
JAPAN Presentation Kambiz Amirshahi will present "Japan, a Journey to the Other Side of the Rainbow." When, where: Noon Sunday at Casa Gamino Restaurant, 4937 W. Century Blvd., Inglewood. Admission, info: $18.50 for lunch and program. Hosted by the Network for Travel Club. RSVP to (323) 578-3601. LAOS Slide show Kurt Whiteman will present "Laos on Two Wheels, " with images from his recent motorcycle journey through Laos. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 56 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.
May 29, 2009 |
A full 30% of the world's undiscovered gas and 13% of its undiscovered oil are estimated to be located north of the Arctic Circle, U.S. Geological Survey researchers said in a paper published Thursday in Science magazine. The estimate is relatively small compared with known reserves in the major oil-exporting countries, but it is likely to greatly benefit Russia, which has the largest territory in the region, the researchers noted.