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From wars, to politics, to the deaths of eminent artists, 2016 was a year many people were eager to see end. It was also another record breaking year for the dangerous warming of our planet. Yet, despite that thick layer of doom, humanity came together in inspiring ways – for water protection, for refugees, for…
After photographer Cory Richards joined the Pristine Seas expedition to Franz Josef Land in the Russian Arctic, he spent over a month trying to capture an image of a polar bear from a relatively close distance. On his final attempt, a teammate launched a remote-controlled quadcopter, or drone, and the polar bear ended up right where they wanted him.
Exploring the underwater environment surrounding the 191 islands of Russia’s Franz Josef Land, Enric Sala and team dove more than 111 hours cataloging the species that call these nearly untouched waters home.
SEP. 9 2013, WASHINGTON DC — Scientists and expedition co-leaders, Dr. Enric Sala and Dr. Maria Gavrilo, published a summary of August 2013 National Geographic and Russian Arctic National Park expedition to comprehensively survey the land and waters of Franz Josef Land, sponsored by Blancpain, Davidoff Cool Water, Patagonia and Mares. Interview conducted by Lucie…
For members of a 35-day scientific voyage to the Arctic archipelago of Franz Josef Land, even when freshwater and vodka are in short supply, distractions abound.
National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off to explore Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote archipelagos in the world, only 900 km from the North Pole. Home to polar bears, whales, seals and more, the team will investigate how global warming may be affecting this crucial ecosystem in ways we still do not fully comprehend.…
“We’re being attacked by a swimming polar bear?” was Andy Mann’s first thought as the team has a close encounter with a dangerous iceberg.
Photographer Andrey Kamenev catches the scene as Enric and team document the process of ice algae sampling.
The early explorers were heroic in their efforts to explore and survey, but missed most of the living space of the Arctic: its underwater world. During our expedition to Franz Josef Land we are discovering this unknown world beneath the surface, and unveiling a colorful kaleidoscope.
Lucie McNeil sat down with Maria Gavrilo, Deputy Director of Science, Russian Arctic National Park, Franz Josef Land for a mid-expedition update.
We asked Irina Skalina, Head of the Education & Outreach Group, Arctic National Park today to share some of what her team is working on aboard the MS Polaris.
Explorer and TV presenter Paul Rose shares the thrill as he arrives at the site of Fritdjof Nansen’s winter shelter, a place he’s dreamed of visiting since childhood.
David Quammen sheds light on the tiny unsung heroes of the Arctic, direct from the Pristine Seas: Franz Josef Land Expedition.
The expedition continues on and for the team, it’s business as usual. The crew arrives at Burke Bay on Luigi Island, one of 191 islands that make up Franz Josef Land archipelago. Team members Forrest and Paul hike to the glacier to prepare for a longer transect. Meanwhile, the first heli-cam take-off to film Cape Flora’s lively walrus haul-out in the channel is a success. Walruses, known to be aggressive at times, have maintained civility and even permit their pictures to be taken by the expedition photographers!
National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off to explore Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote archipelagos in the world, only 900 km from the North Pole. Home to polar bears, whales, seals and more, the team will investigate how global warming may be affecting this crucial ecosystem in ways we still do not fully comprehend. Follow his adventures…