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

Paul Nicklen

National Geographic

01 January, 2005

Aware of the presence of polar bears, a ringed seal scans the horizon before catching a breath. (Bears grab seals from such ice holes.) 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 show a dramatic reduction in Artic ice cover, which reached a record low in 2007. Many attribute the situation to global warming.

About

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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