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Photo by Darren Roberts
Most official maps today show the North to be a vast, empty land, with scattered communities and various geographical features named by European explorers who once passed through. As communities and researchers team up to map the traditional knowledge of elders before it disappears, they’re revealing the complete opposite.
February 2016
Ian Stirling. Photo by Émilie Smith
No fear-mongering. No exaggeration. For Ian Stirling, it's purely about the science.
February 2016
Photo courtesy Stephen Smith
Polar bears are less fearsome than we think, says biologist Stephen Smith. And he should know: He’s squared off with them, eye to eye…
January 2013
Photo by Chris Colbourne
With a beak like a Swiss Army knife and an intellect to match, the raven is a many-faced figure in the Northern landscape. Our bond with the birds is longstanding, but always conflicted.
October 2008
Paleontologist Elizabeth Hall stands on an exposure of permafrost at a placer mine, where Ice Age mammal bones are typically found. Photo courtesy of Government of Yukon
Placer miners in the Yukon are churning out ice age bones at an industrial rate
November 2015
Illustrations by Monika Melnychuk
It may be the Arctic's rarest, most fearsome animal, and it's never been photographed on the ground. Only a select group of elite hunters have gotten close enough to take a shot. Then Kelsey Eliasson came along.
October 2013
She fights for nature and for human rights. Now she's showing others how to keep fighting
July 2015
Illustration by Tonia Cowan
Climate change is allowing biting flies to move farther North, partly because it’s getting warmer, and partly because it’s raining more often in the summer, creating more soggy breeding grounds.
July 2014
Alexandra Falls is one of several highlights of the Mackenzie Highway waterfall route. Photo by Adam Hill
How to dive into an iceberg, swim with canaries of the sea, avoid seamonsters in the Arctic—and much more. Take a plunge into our 15 top watery Northern getaways.
July 2014
That's the way the coast crumbles: A collapsed block of permafrost on the coast of Alaska, releasing stored carbon from frozen decomposing organic matter into the water.
Why permafrost is the scariest, most thrilling thing in the Arctic
May 2015