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City in the tundra

City in the tundra

The stories we tell ourselves. . . Anadyr is the urban heart of Chukotka. It’s home to 15,000 people, but with the apartment buildings, administration centres, a cultural complex, swimming pool, movie theatre, supermarket, mall, and some hotels, it feels like a city. It’s a city in the middle of the tundra on the edge…

An Arctic exclusive

An Arctic exclusive

A hallmark of the North, these tracks are unique to the Arctic. Thick fur around the feet brushes the snow and obscures each print. The path reaches out across the sea ice following clues we humans could never find. We are out on the frozen ocean and far from shore in all directions. Only the…

Heat your feet

Heat your feet

Form meets function. These what you need to survive on the ice. These ‘boots’ are made by Joanna Kunnuk. Some would call her a seamstress; I think of her as an engineer. I’m wearing two layers of warm booties under this fur, one with a legging that comes up over my knees. (I’ve never had…

National Geographic Exclusive Video: Polar Bear Cannibalizes Cub

National Geographic Exclusive Video: Polar Bear Cannibalizes Cub

Last summer, Jim Napoli on the National Geographic Explorer captured rare footage of a male chasing, killing, and eating a cub. The video we made is now out on National Geographic. This is life in the Arctic, as Wade Davis says here, but viewer discretion is advised. You can’t unwatch this. Shot, narrated and edited…