arctic: wild


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It is the extraordinary beauty of the pristine Arctic that dazzles the senses and enchants the mind--cliff, sky, sea ice in the Canadian Arctic
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An Arctic thrill-- the distinctive outline of polar bears, a mother and cubs on far off open pack ice
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A polar bear, a mother and two large cubs, are dramatically reflected as they walk across pack ice in the high Arctic
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Two male polar bears in a diffident encounter on open pack ice in the Canadian Arctic. Both retreated
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A solitary walrus rests on a small patch of ice in the Canadian Arctic; vanishing ice is leading to ecological disaster for wildlife populations
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Dorsal fins signal the presence of a family, or pod, of orcas (Orcinus orca), or killer whales, speeding through the ocean. Playful, they actually approach ships, even dive beneath them
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Dorsal fins signal the presence of a family or pod, of orcas (Orcinus orca), or killer whales, speeding through the ocean.
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In Arctic seas a flock of glaucous gulls is minitiarised by the huge cliffs beyond
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Baird's sandpipers, small denizens of an Arctic wilderness that is seasonally home to 183 species of birds (inc.the snowy owl, gyrfalcon, geese, gulls, guillemots and kittiwakes, skuas, auks and loons that I failed, alas, in many instances to see)
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Pussycat-shaped iceberg afloat in Arctic waters would sadly have melted to an ice kitten soon afterwards
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Probably born in Greenland, this bull-headed iceberg is fast sinking into blue iceless seas
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An iceberg off the Arctic's Low Point, lacking only a few strategic black stripes, has weathered into the form of a keyboard
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Arctic ice, a glacier pinnacled into a solid, meringue-like wall, is reflected dramatically by evening sunlight
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Flat on top, a giant iceberg in the Arctic's Lancaster Sound even has its own waterfall that will speed its melting
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In the Arctic's Sunneshine Fjord one boulder among many on an island's tundra hosts myriad plants including lichen
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A mighty cliff is gateway to the Arctic's magnificent Gibbs Fjord, off Baffin Bay, its rock walls dating to a pre-Cambrian era
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Stark cliff contrasts with snowcapped mountain in a spectacular glimpse into the Arctic's scenic variety
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Within Gibbs Fjord on the Arctic's Baffin Bay are cliffs millions of years old and as timeless as earth's creation
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Winter's icy heritage is revealed in a slender waterfall adorning, with less lovely black water streaks, ancient Arctic cliffs
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Cliffs edging the Arctic's Gibbs Fjord are strikingly beautiful. But what ancient event caused the thrusting finger?
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Mountains and snows seem to reach to infinity in this view from Baffin Bay's Gibbs Fjord. The Arctic is not just ice
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Evening summer sunlight reflects cliffs edging the Arctic's snowcapped Gibbs Fjord into the calm waters below
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A quintessential Arctic scene--massive cliff, islands reaching into the distance, ice to temper despair at global warning
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The midnight sun is not here (or not now) but rather a peaceful sunset over Arctic waters in late summer
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