Arctic

Expeditionary Art
9:18 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Bringing Art To Narwhal Research In The Arctic

Maria Coryell-Martin uses art to help scientists communicate about their research in some of the most remote places on the planet.
Maria Coryell-Martin

Two Seattle-based adventurers — one a scientist, the other an artist — are on an expedition to study and document narwhals in Arctic waters off the west coast of Greenland. 

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Environment
10:00 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Borge Ousland: Adventures In Polar Exploration

A safety sign at Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station.
Credit Flickr Photo/Eli Duke

Global warming and melting ice are rapidly changing the landscape of the Earth's polar regions. What will it mean for life at the poles, and for the rest of the world? Norwegian explorer Borge Ousland has seen this environmental transformation for himself. He’s the first person to complete solo expeditions across both the North and South Poles. In 2010, he completed the Northern Passage – a circumnavigation of the entire Arctic ocean. He joins us to talk about his adventures in the vast, frozen tundra of the poles.

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Arctic Drilling
6:39 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Shell Ready To Try Again With Rebuilt Oil-Spill Dome

The Garth Foss tug and Shell's Arctic Challenger barge in Bellingham Bay
T.J. Guiton

The Arctic Challenger left Puget Sound's Bellingham Bay Wednesday night and arrived at a deep-water anchorage near Anacortes, Wash., Thursday morning. The barge is part of Shell Oil’s fleet of vessels aimed at exploring the Arctic Ocean for oil.

The Arctic Challenger’s oil-spill containment system failed its first field test off Anacortes in September. Since then, Shell has rebuilt a 20-foot oil-containment dome that was “crushed like a beer can” in the first test.

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Energy
6:52 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Sea Trial Leaves Shell's Arctic Oil-Spill Gear "Crushed Like A Beer Can"

The Arctic Challenger's containment dome, crumpled after a field test in Puget Sound
BSEE (via KUOW FOIA request)

UPDATE on Congressional interest in this story here.

Shell Oil has been building and testing equipment designed for the Arctic Ocean here in Puget Sound. In September, a key test of underwater oil-spill equipment was a spectacular failure.

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