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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1998
It's not just snow and ice, though that is the popular image. In reality, the land above 67 degrees north latitude supports a wide variety of plant and animal life. Temperatures in some "cold countries" are moderate, and during the summer there is sunlight 24 hours a day--a prime condition for vegetation. Temperatures within the Arctic Circle have been rising recently, leading scientists to search for a link to global warming.
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NATIONAL
February 24, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Spring is less than a month away, but be prepared to first pay the toll for its arrival with the return of the polar vortex.  Frigid air will be back in much of the nation this week, with temperatures expected to plummet by more than 30 degrees in some major cities in the Midwest and the East. The expectation is for even more snow in a season that has already seen record accumulations. “A cold mass of arctic air will bring temperatures that are 10 to 30 degrees below normal across the northern third of the U.S. on Monday,” the National Weather Service warned.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1998
The land above 67 degrees north latitude supports a variety of plant and animal life. Temperatures in some "cold countries" are moderate and during the summer, there is sunlight 24 hours a day. Temperatures within the Arctic Circle have been rising, prompting scientists to search for a link to global warming. Students and others can learn more about the Arctic Circle by using the direct links on The Times' Launch Point Web site: Go to: http://www.latimes.com/launch
SCIENCE
December 20, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Rudolph the fictional reindeer was famous for his oddly colored nose, but his true-life cousins have eyes that change color depending on the season. In the summer, an interior part of the eyes of Arctic reindeer appears gold, and around Christmas it turns a deep blue, biologists have discovered. It's not holiday magic, but rather a unique adaptation that helps these animals deal with the strange light conditions at the top of the world. The reindeer's world is one of extremes.
TRAVEL
September 11, 1988 | KARL ZIMMERMANN, Zimmermann is a free-lance writer living in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y
The early morning sun slanted pale and ineffectual across the afterdeck. It was August, but it was blanket-wrapping, parka-wearing, scarf-winding and glove-tugging cold. We were traveling up the rocky, fiord-pocked shore of Norway on the Nordstjernen--one of the Hurtigruten coastal express steamers that daily sail north from Bergen. Though not yet 7 a.m. the day was alive with chilled, bundled passengers, all awaiting the crossing of the Polarsirkelen-- the Arctic Circle.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2011 | By Susan Salter Reynolds, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
NATIONAL
May 29, 2009 | Margot Roosevelt
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.
BUSINESS
September 17, 1985 | From Associated Press
Quaker State Oil Refining Corp. said Monday that it has reached a definitive agreement to buy Arctic Circle Inc., which owns and franchises chains of restaurants and lubrication centers, in an exchange of stock valued at about $29 million. The acquisition, subject to approval by Arctic Circle shareholders, would exchange 1.425 million shares of Quaker State common stock for all of the stock of Arctic Circle, a closely held company.
NEWS
March 12, 1989 | From Associated Press
A dinosaur's skull found above the Arctic Circle, a region where the lumbering beast was not previously thought to have roamed, goes on display this weekend at the University of California. Scientists say the fossil, the fourth species of dinosaur found in the remote, icy area, deepens the mystery of how the great reptiles lived through temperature extremes and months of darkness near the North Pole. The skull belonged to a pachyrhinosaurus, a name that means thick-nosed dinosaur.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1994 | KAY HWANGBO
Not a car crash, nor giant mosquitoes, nor dark of night could stop three men who drove from Encino to the Arctic Circle in a 1967 Volkswagen camper. Blue Nelson, Matthew Gossin and Jean-Ray Tippo returned home this month after spending the last two weeks of July tooling through the Pacific Northwest, the Yukon and Alaska. "I feel lucky, like it was really meant to happen," said Gossin, 25, recalling the ups and downs of the odyssey.
NEWS
May 10, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Wondering where Earth's climate is headed with an atmosphere that is 400 parts per million carbon dioxide ? An arctic bare of ice sheets, forested in pine and fir, with summer temperatures about 14 degrees Fahrenheit higher than today were typical some 3.5 million years ago, when atmospheric CO2 measures hovered around the 400 ppm range, according to researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The findings, based on sediment cores drilled from a Russian lake, don't bode well for the current model of human-forced climate change, the researchers warn.
NEWS
April 3, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Tourists can visit one of the most remote regions of Canada and interact with the native Inuit people during a new series of tours called "A Touch of the Arctic. " The trips to various villages in Nunavut are available year round through the Great Canadian Travel Co . Nunavut, the newest territory, was formed in 1999 from the Northwest Territories and straddles the Arctic Circle a few hundred miles west of Greenland. The sparsely populated Canadian territory is home to a mostly indigenous population that, through cooperative ventures, is welcoming outsiders.
NEWS
December 12, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
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.
SCIENCE
June 22, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2011 | By Susan Salter Reynolds, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
TRAVEL
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.
NATIONAL
May 29, 2009 | Margot Roosevelt
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.
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