Yellow birch leaves in a pool of water
Where Exactly Is The Arctic? Birch leaves float in a small pool in the boreal forest of Tromso. The plane coming into Tromso skirted close to the tops of the mountain as we dropped into the…
Sea ice begins to form on the Arctic Ocean. The first stages of freezing ocean water is called frazil ice.
What Does Sea Ice Smell Like? Frazil ice forms on the Arctic Ocean as temperatures drop. Photo by Bill Schmoker (PolarTREC 2015), Courtesy of ARCUS. "It smells like fall," I exclaimed to a friend…
Wild Alaskan sockeye salmon
My First PolarTREC Journal Fireweed is a common site here in Southcentral Alaska, and often grows in fields. It is also one of the first plants to grow after a disturbance, and is often found in…