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Multimedia » The Polaris Project: Science in Siberia

The core of the Polaris Project is a field course studying arctic system science at the Northeast Science Station in Cherskiy, Siberia (north of the Arctic Circle on the Kolyma River). It is one of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet. But it is also potentially one of the most important. As our planet's climate warms, carbon that has been frozen away in the permafrost is now being thawed and released into the rivers, lakes, and atmosphere. Siberia's "carbon bomb" can have far-reaching impacts on our entire planet and way of life. This multimedia piece documents the students, the research, and this unique and fragile environment.

More Polaris Project multimedia videos: the 2009 student projects

  • Student Impact: testimonials from four students
  • Permafrost: frozen soil and a source of carbon
  • Lakes: thermokarst and floodplain lakes
  • Streams: linking the boreal forest to lakes and rivers
  • Bugs: collecting benthic macroinvertebrates
  • Rivers: studying Siberia's large rivers

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