A beautiful Arctic Fox in the foreground. While climbing towards the ice sheet, we were fortunate enough to see a couple of Arctic Foxes! Unfortunately, I was not able to catch them on camera despite the fact one was trying to come to dinner!
A little reflection on Norwegian explorer Nansen, predecessor to the last Viking Amundsen.
Nansen was a Zoologist who brought new concepts to our understanding of how arctic sea life neurons work. He loved science, but his heart was stolen by exploration and adventure.
He led the first successful missions into the Siberian Arctic ice floes, forcing him to camp in the arctic for winters at a time, in self reliant feats, requiring him to live off the land for survival. He nearly hit the North Pole first, but quelled his ego and turned south to save himself and his crew. His path forged the way for others. He was one of the first explorers to understand he needed the native knowledge to survive such environments unlike other explorers who tried to unsuccessfully impose their wills on the land.
He had a number of other feats and equipment innovations worth reading up on, but I end this with a few quotes that made an impression on me:
-“I demolish my bridges behind me...then there is no other choice but to move forward.”
-“The difficult is what takes a little time; the impossible is what takes a little longer.”
-“The first great thing is to find yourself and for that you need solitude and contemplation. I can tell you deliverance will not come from the noisy centers of civilization. It will come from the lonely places.”
Huddled up close to keep warm, the witch learned more about teamwork and friendship. Lessons she already knew, but had suppressed for so long. Painful memories are also part of who you are, and no matter how far she ran, the witch could not escape that fact.
Day 18 of #inktober featuring emperor penguins
I stepped away from my #scicomm to focus on my thesis and reflect upon why I want to share my #graduatework . One thing is that I know not everyone is able to step into this opportunity but it doesn’t mean that you can’t be part of it. So let me catch you up!
This summer I returned to the Inuvialuit Settlement Region on the Beaufort Sea to assist with the beluga monitoring program. And this photo was taken on my iPhone while pressed against the binoculars... oh and that white dot is a spyhopping beluga🙂 #arcticresearch#beluga#science#beaufortsra#arctic @losetolab
SUNDAY EXPRESS NEWS October 15, 2017
EXCLUSIVE By Paula Murray
Polar quest plans to uncover Scots wreck
EXPEDITION: The Eira crew, including Leigh Smith, second from left, with Conan Doyle, third from left, on board the vessel in 1880
HUNT: Milko Vuille will search for the wreck of the ship owned by Leigh Smith, left
A POLAR explorer is heading to the Arctic next summer to confirm an “object” found in a northern archipelago is the wreck of Scots expedition yacht, the Eira.
Milko Vuille will be part of an international group set up by the Russian Arctic National Park to inspect the site and is “pretty certain” the search will discover the Aberdeenshire-built vessel, commissioned and paid for by Benjamin Leigh Smith.
The pioneer of Arctic exploration had used his expertise to have a ship built to endure hazardous conditions around the North Pole.
His first trip to the Russian archipelago of 191 islands, known as Franz Josef Land, in 1880 was successful but disaster struck when he returned to the area the next summer.
The Eira was crushed between two icebergs, leaving Leigh Smith and his crew of 25 men – plus the ship dog, Bob – stranded.
They had not expected to stay for longer than a few weeks and were not equipped for the harsh Arctic winter but survived 10 long months using provisions salvaged from the vessel.
Eventually they risked using four of the Eira’s lifeboats to row to safety but endured a three-week journey in terrible storms before they met ships – including The Hope, where author Arthur Conan Doyle served as surgeon in 1880 – sent to look for them off the coast of Nova Zemlya, in the far northeast of Europe.
Despite losing his ship, Leigh Smith, whose niece was Florence Nightingale, made valuable contributions to research in terms of observing flora, fauna and minerals in the area, and expressing global warming concerns.
He was also the first man to map many of the archipelago’s islands.
"Here are the last few remaining pictures of what turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. Throughout this trip, I had the honor of meeting marvelous people who gave me the opportunity to learn about their culture as well as being able to listen to ours. The things learned from trips like this cannot be explained thru textbooks, having such an experience gave me the opportunity to learn about the fabulous Icelandic culture and to see how much we all have in common. I thank everyone who was part of this, for just having faith in me and giving me a moment to illuminate and express myself to all the leaders we meet about how much we the youth are being able to fight for both the future of the Arctic and the rest of the world. "
- Alejandro Soto, US Arctic Youth Ambassador 2017-2019 Cohort Finalist.