2008 Photo Contest, Nature, 3rd prize

Paul Nicklen

National Geographic

01 January, 2006

A kittiwake glides over an iceberg. Fragments of glaciers, ice shelves and icebergs are floating oases for birds, seals and other wildlife. Ice is the very essence of the ecosystem of the Artic. Sea ice - frozen seawater that moves with the ocean currents - provides an important habitat and resting place for many animals. In recent years, satellite pictures have shown a dramatic reduction in Artic ice cover. In 2007, sea ice reached a record low, a situation which many attribute to global warming.

About the photographer

Paul Nicklen

As a young boy, Paul Nicklen, a Canadian-born polar specialist and marine biologist, moved to Baffin Island and spent his childhood among the Inuit people. From them he learned t...

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