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Curiously Polar

Chris Marquardt

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The Arctic and the Antarctic are privileged locations for observers interested in understanding how our world is shaped by the forces of nature and the workings of history. These areas have inspired countless humans to undertake epic expeditions of discovery and have witnessed both great triumphs and miserable defeats. As a planetary litmus paper it is at the poles we can detect the effects of natural oscillations and human activities on the global ecosystems.
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Taken North

Justin Bauer & Josefina Bentz

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Have you ever wondered what kind of people live in the northernmost city on the planet? Are they just explorers, scientists, or lost souls? Yes, and so much more! Each week we battle the ice and cold to take you, the listeners, to the north of the north where with the help of our guests we tackle topics and stories you would not hear anywhere in the south! Join us as we sit down with the folk of Longyearbyen and resolve all the curiosities of life in the Arctic.
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Gospel & Grit

Overland Missions

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Welcome to Gospel & Grit, where we invite you into the conversations and testimonies coming straight from the front lines where our Overland Missionaries are pioneering the Gospel to remote and neglected peoples. Our goal is to empower you to grab the Gospel and get the Grit to do whatever it takes to fulfill your calling in Christ.
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Transcription of this episode | Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario showThis episode is a joint production of Curiously Polar and Polar Geopolitics. Joining today are Klaus Dodds, Professor for Geopolitics and Executive Dean for the School of Life Sciences and Environment at Royal Holloway, and Eric Paglia, postdoctoral res…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario POLAR NEWSREEL: 01 Mapping the Ocean Floor: The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project was endorsed as part of the UN Ocean Decade. The project aims to map all the world’s oceans by the end of the decade. When it launched, only 6% of the seabed was mapped to a modern standard. On May…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario POLAR NEWSREEL 01 Life at the bottom of the Southern Ocean: The team of the icebreaker RRS Sir David Attenborough has been testing the new deep sea research capabilities in the 5.6 km (3.5 mi) deep and least explored parts of the Southern Ocean, the Hesperides Deep, unveiling incredible l…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario It's that time of the yearHAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!! And while we covered some festive topics and traditions in the past, let's loaok at what we are doing for Christmas ourselves. The Curiously Polar Holiday Book Club (CPHBC): Jean-Baptiste Charcot by Dominique Le Brun SIKU: Knowing Our Ic…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario Henry sent a message from a ship far far away. And that message had a discussion attached to it that he had with his colleague and legendary expedition leader Solan Jensen. They talked for half an hour about this and that, about the changes in the polar regions as a global issue, about ex…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario SENSATIONAL DISCOVERY OF INFAMOUS VASA SISTERSHIP IN SWEDENMaritime archaeologists from Sweden’s Vrak - Museum of Wrecks have discovered the wreck of a 17th century warship. In collaboration with the Swedish Navy the archaeologists surveyed a strait at Vaxholm just outside Stockholm. Whil…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario THE TWO ARCTICS - THE ARCTIC CIRCLE ASSEMBLY 2022The 9th Arctic Circle Assembly showcased a very divided Arctic Community, with Russian participants glaringly absent. It seems the circumpolar Arctic does not exist at the moment and the new chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), Sar…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario HENRY IS BACK FROM THE ICE BREAKERAfter finishing its first season in the Arctic, Henry just returned from the French-flagged ice breaker Le Commandant Charcot and talks about his experiences and adventures in East Greenland, at the North Pole and in the Northwest Passage. This is an epis…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario // Satellite broadband for the Arctic Traditional, geostationary satellites are not at all optimal for use in polar areas/high latitude. A few operators are now building satellite networks in Non-Geostationary Orbit (NGSO) that promise better covaerage for polar areas and lighter equipmen…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario POLAR NEWSREEL:// A New Border The nearly 50-years-old infamous Whiskey War between Canada and Denmark/Greenland has come to an end with an agreement to divide Hans Island with the first land border between Canada and Denmark.// Proof of Life? Being a prime candidate for extraterrestrial …
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario Henry returns to land and he and Chris discus the adventures on the ice breaker in the Antarctic. He describes the challenges of braving the elements in such remote and isolated locations. We learn about how this expedition was a bit different from what we usually expect. This is an episo…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario POLAR NEWSREEL: Sanctions jeopardize the future of Arctic construction projects The sanctions imposed on Russia because of its invasion of Ukraine are impacting several large construction projects in the Arctic. The gravity-based structures (GBS), floating rigs, under assembly at the Nova…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario POLAR NEWSREEL: Plan for satellites giving better Arctic weather observations Weather satellites, like Meteosat, are in a geostationary orbit that limits the field of view of the sensors in the polar areas. A consortium of the European Space Agency (ESA) and OHB Sweden is working on a con…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario POLAR NEWSREEL: North Pole research platform almost ready | Worrying sea ice concentration in Bering Sea | Easter celebrations in Ittoqqortoormiit MAIN TOPIC:Easter celebrations in Ittoqqortoormiit Being one of Greenland’s most remote villages with a population of only 345, Ittoqqortoormi…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario POLAR NEWSREEL:Hundreds of meltwater lakes hide deep beneath the expanse of Antarctica’s ice sheet. | Russia to invite non-Arctic states developing the Arctic | Meeting the Arctic: The Arctic Encounter Symposium 2022 Meeting the Arctic: The Arctic Encounter Symposium 2022 After a long pan…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario POLAR NEWSREEL: 01 Arctic Lightnings: A dramatic rise in lightnings last summer saw nearly double as many strikes as the previous nine years combined in the High Arctic which correlates with global temperature anomalies and can become an important climate crisis indicator. | 02 Scottish A…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario POLAR NEWSREEL: Ten Pioneering Women of Antarctica and the Places Named for Them | Fossils in a Forgotten Ice Core Rewrite Greenland’s Icy Past | Beast of the Central Arctic | Seals help researchers collect data from under the ice | Obsessed by polar exploration? This is an episode of the…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario POLAR NEWSREEL: 32000 year old plant revived Scientists in Vienna are seeking to sequence the genome of an ancient flowering plant (Silene stenophylla) believed to have been buried 32,000 years ago by an Ice Age squirrel near the banks of the Kolyma River, a top site for people looking fo…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario POLAR NEWSREEL: Heatwaves at both of Earth’s poles Extremes of 40C above normal. Antarctic and Arctic temperatures have shocked researchers. Antarctic areas reach 40C above normal at same time as north pole regions hit 30C above usual levels. | Lowest extent of Antarctic sea-ice since the…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario ENDURANCE FOUND!: The Endurance22 expedition has found Shackleton's ship! Probably the most amazing shipwreck discovery happened 3008m below the frozen Weddell Sea on the 100th anniversary of the Boss' burial at the cemetery in Grytviken, South Georgia. POLAR NEWSREEL: Arctic Council on h…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario POLAR NEWSREEL: Women in Polar Research: How a 1969 Six-Women Scientific Expedition in Antarctica Reveals a Blatant Gender Gap The first women landed at the South Pole at the end of the 1960s and their story highlights some of the gender issues at the time but also how the gender gap is s…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario POLAR NEWSREEL: Stark Black and White Photos Capture Life in a Melting Arctic Icelandic photographer Ragnar Axelsson has documented the Arctic and its people for over 40 years. Black and white photos document the challenging life of humans and their sled dogs in various countries of the A…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario POLAR NEWSREEL: Strategic maneuvers of the Russian fleet | Beavers moving north | Arctic sea ice projections | Nanoplastics detected obove both polar circles in Greenland and Antarctica | Vanishing king penguin colony | Penguins move further South | A68 iceberg freshening the Southern Oce…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario POLAR NEWSREEL: One of Svalbard's two internet cables is still broken from an unknown cause since January 7 and is a reminder of the vulnerability of digital infrastructure critical for research and the public in the North. | New research found that narwhals quickly react to anthropogenic…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario POLAR NEWSREEL: Arctic weather influence on Europe | Russia's North Pole platform to sail in 2022 | Maiden voyage of the world's most powerful icebreaker to date | Corona infections on research station | Astra Zeneca reached the Antarctic | Microplastics Antarctica | Follow Polarstern | I…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario The 1st December 2021 marked the 62nd anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty by the twelve countries whose scientists had been active in and around Antarctica during the International Geophysical Year (IGY) of 1957-58. The total number of Parties to the Treaty is now 54. Among…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario POLAR NEWSREELIn episode 141 we promised you an update on the 40th annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). Unfortunately, for the 5th year in a row there was no progress on the proposed Marine Protected Areas. // A new study doc…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario On today's Polar Newsreel: Russia aims for year-round shipping on the Northern Sea Route in 2022 or 2023 to go from about 1/10th to 1/3rd of the Panama Canal shipping volume. Sign the petition and help protect Antarctica by adding your name to the Call On CCAMLR petition to protect Antarc…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario POLAR NEWSREELScientists found that puffins and other auk birds suffer in washing-machine-like waves. // A new research paper outlines how penguin poop reveals changes in the Antarctic ocean. // Help scientists and count penguins online or upload your whale pictures to increase the unders…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario POLAR NEWSREELAs nations seek increased catches in the Southern Ocean, scientists are trying to track the impacts of fishing and climate change on this vital part of the Antarctic food chain. // New Research and Monitoring Plan for the South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands Marine Pro…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario POLAR NEWSREELProtection of marine wildlife can result in conflicts with small scale fishing communities. // Protection of marine wildlife can give healthier ecosystems and increased carbon capture by the ocean: meet the sea otter. // More whales equals more carbon storage. // After the d…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario POLAR NEWSREELThere have been historical mentions of polar bears using tools to hunt walruses mainly based on accounts by Inuit local. An article by Dr Ian Stirling, the foremost authority on polar bears, reviews the knowledge on the matter and concluded that "possible tool use by polar b…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario POLAR NEWSREELThe time of discoveries in the polar regions has not ended yet. A team that was aiming to land at Oodaaq island, the northernost dry land in the world north of Greenland, actually landed on new emerged bank slightly northwest of it and thus serendipitously discovered the, so…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario POLAR NEWSREELA decision by the National Geographic Society gave popular recognition to the Southern Ocean as the World’s fifth ocean with its own distinct features. On Amery Ice Shelf a large meltwater lake suddenly disappeared. After spending 24,000 years frozen in permafrost a tiny mul…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario POLAR NEWSREELIn Episode #125 we talked about Dinosaurs in Antarctica and recently we stumbled across the trailer for an upcoming film with the same title, check it out! The 43rd Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting between 14 and 24 June marks the 60th Anniversary of the Antarctic Treat…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry POLAR NEWSREELAfter the 2019 Ministerial meeting could not agree on a joint ministerial declaration the Arctic Council adopted in Reykjavík its first-ever strategic plan for the Council's work for the next ten years, marking the end of the two-year Icelandic Chairmanship and beginning of the Russ…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry POLAR NEWSREEL20-24°C hotter than average but truly mind-boggling for this time of year, a ferocious heatwave has reached large parts of the Russian Arctic with +30°C (86.5°F). The workhorse of Antarctic field operations, the Twin Otter DHC-6, had its 1st flight 56 yrs ago in 1965 - Happy Birthda…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry POLAR NEWSREEL: A new batch of new satellites brings broadband connectivity services to some of the world’s hardest to reach places. German start-up Rocket Factory Augsburg has signed a contract with Norway's Andøya Space for a 2022 maiden flight of the company’s RFA One small-satellite launch ve…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry POLAR NEWSREELOur long-time friend and most favourite of all icebergs, A-68A, is gone. Russia starts its work on a fiber optic cable to connect the Asian part of the Russian Arctic. And in Greenland a new government has taken over with the youngest prime minister in the country’s history. DRIFTIN…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry Polar NewsreelAs the planet continues to heat up, a third of all Antarctic ice shelves risk to collapse, a new study founds. At the same time, Russia orchestrates a complex Arctic military exercise, letting three nuclear submarines surfacing simultaneously through the ice close to the North Pole.…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry shownotes This is an episode of the Curiously Polar podcast withChris Marquardt https://chrismarquardt.com/Henry Páll Wulff: https://henrypall.com/ Listen to all podcast episodes at https://curiouslypolar.com All video episodes at https://tfttf.com/curiouslypolarvideo Find us here:Web: https://cu…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry POLAR NEWSREEL: Soon we may be start to talk not only about the Polar Regions of Planet Earth, but maybe even about the Polar Regions of the Moon! Meanwhile, a volcanic fissure opened in Iceland creating a beautiful touristic eruption. And the British Antarctic Survey starts its event series Extr…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry Polar Newsreel: One of the most bizarre news of the polar regions comes from China where recently a so-called polar bear hotel opened, praising all its rooms having an exceptional view on the completely enclosed polar bears. In Antarctica, renowned German research icebreaker Polarstern squeezed t…
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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry Polar Newsreel: Our North American correspondent, Robert, forwarded us the film Drifting North: Into the Polar Night by Amy Richman, a collaboration between the University of Colorado Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, from the first …
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