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Vol. 2, No. 2                                                                                         FALL-WINTER
COVER PHOTO. A chilly scene featuring the great symbol of the Far North, the Polar Bear (Ursus Maritimus). Polar Bears range throughout the circumpolar north from Alaska, through the high Canadian Arctic, Greenland, Svalbard, and the Russian Arctic, as well as on ice floes and islands. Polar Bears are hunted in Canada and Greenland, less so in Russia and Alaska, and are protected in Svalbard. A strong swimmer, the Polar Bear is the only marine bear and is longer than other bears. All Polar Bears are white, although their fur may yellow in the summer.
 
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PolarFlight Online
North Polar Regions News and Information Magazine
FALL-WINTER
Index  
New Features for Fall-Winter
New Section: FRANZ JOSEF LAND - Map and Fact Sheet.
New!! 90º NORTH. A series of short articles with a North Polar  
 Regions theme. This issue's featured articles:
 Umberto Nobile - The North Pole Flights
 The 1928 Crash of the Airship Italia - A Pictorial History
 Who "Owns" the North Pole?
 Who Was First at the North Pole - an Historical Perspective
FEATURED BOOK. TRIAL BY ICE chronicles the disastrous 1871  
 Polaris expedition to the North Pole. Early into the expedition, the
  leader, American explorer Charles Francis Hall died, now believed to be
  the result of an intentional poisoning. Later, part of the crew became
  stranded on an ice floe and drifted south for seven months before they
  were rescued off the coast of Labrador.
POLAR PIONEERS. A series of short biographical sketches of polar  
 exploration personalities. This issue's featured personality is  
 Norwegian polar aviation pioneer, HJALMAR RIISER-LARSEN.
  Two previous Polar Pioneers:
 LOUISE ARNER BOYD, Arctic Explorer
 WALTER WELLMAN, Polar Airship Pioneer
 
Monthly Features
GLOBAL LINKS. Some useful global links including, GMT/UTC clock
  and time zone converter, currency converter, international postage
  rates, translators, and more . . .
NORTHERN WEBCAMS AND WEATHER. Webcams and
  weather reports and forecasts from the Svalbard Archipelago.
POLAR NEWS AND INFORMATION SOURCES. A variety of polar
  links, including online polar newspaper, polar search engines, and new
  and unusual polar websites.
EXPEDITION 2003. Upcoming north polar regions expeditions and tours
  for the 2003 season.
POLAR CIRCLE. E-mail news and discussion list. For details and a free  
 subscription, click on the link.
 
PolarFlight Research Forum Online Publications
AERIAL EXPLORATION OF THE NORTH POLAR REGIONS.
  Solamon Andrée tried to reach the pole by balloon in 1897 and
  disappeared over the polar ice pack; Walter Wellman tried it by airship
  in 1907 and 1909, but was unsuccessful; finally, the airship Norge over-
  flew the North Pole in 1926 . . . or did Richard Byrd reach the pole by
  airplane just days earlier? All about the aerial exploration of the North
  Polar Regions, 1897 - 1939.
THE 1931 POLAR FLIGHT OF THE AIRSHIP GRAF ZEPPELIN.
  It should have been one of history's great flights. But a planned
  rendevous at the North Pole between the Graf Zeppelin and the
  submarine Nautilus failed to materialize. Instead, a Russian icebreaker
  at Franz Josef Land was substituted for a first-ever exchange of mail in
  the far north and the flight is best known now for the Zeppelin mail it
  carried. Long forgotten is the massive aerial survey and mapping of the
  Russian Arctic that the flight accomplished.
THE NORTH POLAR REGIONS. All about the North Geographic Pole,
  the North Magnetic Pole, and the North Polar Regions; an extensive
  geographic and navigational study.
THE COOK-PEARY NORTH POLE CONTROVERSY. Who was first
  at the North Pole, Frederick Cook or Robert Peary . . . or neither one?
  The debate goes on; some new thoughts on an old controversy.
Writers Wanted!
PolarFlight Research Forum is publishing on the web a series of short (approximately 300-500 word) articles with a North Polar Regions theme.
Details and Writers Guidelines, click here.
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