2008 Photo Contest, Nature, Stories, 3rd prize
Photographer

Paul Nicklen

National Geographic

01 January, 2006

A polar bear's tracks cross melting snow. Sea ice - frozen seawater that moves with the ocean currents - provides an important habitat and resting place for animals such as polar bears that hunt and roam there. Ice is the very essence of the ecosystem of the Artic. In recent years satellite pictures show a dramatic reduction in Artic ice cover, which reached a record low in 2007. Many attribute the situation 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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