$350-million study of North, South polar changes set

Mon, 2007-02-26 12:06Bill Miller
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$350-million study of North, South polar changes set

Scientists will undertake more than 120 projects using gliding underwater robots , giant icebreaking ships, satellites and other technologies to explore polar climate, biology, geology and ocean chemistry, and they will conduct physics and astronomy studies that can be done only at the poles.

In the Arctic, sea ice in summer has been in an accelerating retreat. In parts of Antarctica, coastal ice shelves and inland ice sheets have been disintegrating and surging seaward in ways that suggest a faster rise in global sea levels in coming decades.

The project will formally begin Thursday. Opening ceremonies will be held today in Washington, London and Strasbourg, France.

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Commanders of Russia’s Northern Fleet recently held a competition to see who could orchestrate the best torpedo attack.

Submarine forces battled it out in sub-zero temperatures at the fleet’s main base in Gadzhiyevo, near Murmansk: the north-west tip of Russia along the Finnish border and the Barents Sea. Winners received the Northern Fleet Commander’s prize.

This was the culmination of Arctic training exercises which focused not only on...

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