troubled watersTroubled waters

This section shows the nature and extent of sea ice and how this changes both annually and over a longer period of time, perhaps due to the effects of climate change. The lives of the people who work in Arctic waters are described.

Aaju (link to movie)Listen to Aaju

Indigenous peoples, such as the Inuit and Cree have about 80 terms or words to describe the state of the sea ice.

pole positionPole position

Fabled passageExplore the Northwest Passage - the sea route from Europe to Asia through the Canadian Arctic


cool runningGoing further

The concrete seaWhat do Pancakes, Grease and Porridge have to do with the Arctic Ocean?
Breaking the iceThe Ice breakers, carving a guiding route through the sea ice
Polar patrolIf Arctic waters become ice free in summer, this could mean a lot more work for the coastguards...
What are the Northwest and Northeast Passages?New shipping routes across the Arctic

Polar pitstopPolar pitstop

PlenaryIs the north 'primarily a frontier for industry or a homeland for its peoples'?

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