Ice on an icebreaker's deck.
Don't go around
Photo: National Oceanic and
Check out the BOAT / SHIPS / SUBS section. There's just about everything in this library that you'd ever need to know about the Arctic, listed both ALPHABETICALLY and by CATEGORY. Ideal for students. (Double-click any word on these pages for a "pop-up" definition.)
KAYAK BUILDING PROJECT
Each year, students of Qaqqalik School in Kimmirut, Nunavut get involved in cultural projects. Building a South Baffin Kayak was one of them.
SUBMARINES SURFACE AT NORTH POLE
The tranquility of the Arctic was shattered on April 19, 2004 when the American fast-attack submarine USS Hampton and the Royal Navy submarine HMS Tireless surfaced at the "top of the world".
MAPS OF THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE
The Northwest Passage is a famous sea route linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It was expected to provide an alternative and shorter passage from Europe to Asia, but as the sea is frozen over for most of the year, this route is not very practical.
SUBMARINES SURFACE TOGETHER IN THE ARCTIC CIRCLE
In recent years, the Arctic has been used as a transit route for submarines.
FREEZING A SHIP IN THE ARCTIC ICE
The ship was sitting here, 300 miles north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, for six months to better understand the climate of the Arctic. When its time on the ice was over, scientists knew more about how the Arctic works, improving forecasts of global climate.
ICEBREAKER USCGC POLAR SEA
Three aviation-grade gas turbine engines provide USCGC POLAR STAR with up to 75,000 horsepower, making her the most powerful ship in the US Coast Guard. Such power can break miles of ice up to 21 feet thick.
ALL ABOUT PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICES
Descriptions of life jackets and floatation devices.
OFFICE OF BOATING SAFETY
The OBS delivers prevention-based programs to reduce the safety risks and environmental impacts of boating on Canadian waters.
VOYAGE TO THE NORTH POLE ON AN ICEBREAKER
A personal account: "As I stood alone on the top deck in the 10pm summer daylight of northern Russia, it occurred to me that although Ihad done a few interesting things in my life, being on a nuclear icebreaker as it headed for the North Pole definitely qualified as the most unreal thing I had ever done."
ATHROPOLIS GLOSSARY (Athropolis)
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