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The North Pole, follow me on a journey through one of the
World's most beautiful and unspoilt landscapes.
One of the aims of Polar Challenge and Team Sheppard
is raising awareness for the global issues of climate change. Here
are some facts about the environment which I will
be exploring. 

Definitions courtesy of Wikipedia

The Arctic Circle is an imaginary line around the Earth at about 6633' North Latitude this defines the boundary of the Arctic. It marks the start of the area where, for at least one day each year, the sun does not completely set June 21 or rise December 22.
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Other Resources:
http://nsidc.org/arcticmet/basics/arctic_definition.html

http://fairbanks-alaska.com/arctic-circle.htm

http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/
solar_system_level2/earth.html

Auroras, sometimes called the northern and southern (polar) lights or aurorae (singular: aurora), are natural light displays in the sky, usually observed at night, particularly in the polar regions. They typically occur in the ionosphere. They are also referred to as polar auroras. In northern latitudes, the effect is known as the aurora borealis, named after the Roman goddess of dawn,
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Other Resources:
http://www.athropolis.com/arctic-facts/fact-nlights-cause.htm

http://www.arcticcircle-information.fi/northernlights.html

http://www.pa.msu.edu/sci_theatre/ask_st/062492.html

Polar exploration is the physical exploration of the Arctic and Antarctic regions of the Earth. It is also denotes the historical period during which mankind most intensely explored the regions north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle. Humankind has explored the north and south extremes since 325 BCE, although physical contact with remote areas, including much of the Antarctica continent, has only occurred since 1900.
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Other Resources:
http://www.normanphillips.co.uk/
david_hempleman_adams_bio.htm

http://www.gordonpoole.com/?artistID=539

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/
explorers/arctic.shtml

 

The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is a bear native to the Arctic Ocean and its surrounding seas. The world's largest carnivore found on land, and shares the title of largest land predator with the Kodiak Bear, an adult male weighs around 400680 kg (8801,500 lb), while an adult female is about half that size. Although it is closely related to the brown bear, it has evolved to occupy a narrow ecological niche, with many body characteristics adapted for cold temperatures, for moving across snow, ice, and open water,
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Other Resources:
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/Animals/
CreatureFeature/Polar-bear

http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/bear-facts/

http://www.seaworld.org/infobooks/
PolarBears/home.html

The Arctic region is home to many diverse species

Other resources:
http://www.saskschools.ca/~gregory/
arctic/Awildlife.html

http://arctic.fws.gov/wildlife_habitat.htm

http://www.mnh.si.edu/arctic/html/arctic_fox.html

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~ahrensk/arcticwildlife.html

http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/world/arctic#cr

http://savethearctic.com/arctic.asp?id2=3825&id3=arctic&

http://www.eoearth.org/article/Arctic_
National_Wildlife_Refuge,_United_States

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Follow Team Sheppard as he undertakes the toughest race in the world by attempting the High Arctic Polar Challenge 2010. Team Sheppard's ultimate aims - 'To raise money by supporting Winston's Wish and to make a difference to children's lives'. Keep updated with the latest information on Team Sheppard by visiting his blog and following his pre-training progress.

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