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The Polar Explorer

Mark Terry; Terry, Mark; Kanopy (Firm)
Format
Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
Sought by explorers for centuries as a possible trade route, the Northwest Passage was first navigated by Norwegian Roald Amundsen in 1903-1906, a true polar explorer--he was the first man to reach the South Pole as well. In the recent past, Arctic sea ice prevented regular marine passage throughout most of the year, but climate change has reduced this ice, making the waterways more navigable. From the makers of last year's award-winning and bestselling feature documentary, The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning, The Polar Explorer chronicles a rare crossing of the Passage on a three-week scientific expedition taking place on the aptly named icebreaker, the Amundsen. Studying the effects of climate change in this Arctic region, as well as at the other end of the earth, Antarctica, is the focus of this feature documentary. The film features the in-field research of some of the world's foremost polar scientists as they show how warmer temperatures are affecting the speed of melting glaciers, icebergs, sea ice, and floes, and the drastically changing eco-systems in both polar regions. The film and its discoveries were so significant, it was invited by the United Nations Environment Programme to present to delegates attending COP16, the Climate Change Conference in Cancun in December, 2010. Will this film influence policy-makers and result in a new resolution being adopted? This question is answered in the film's dramatic conclusion.
Director
Mark Terry
Release Date
2012
Language
English
Notes
Title from title frames.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014.
Recording Info
Originally produced by PBS in 2012.
Publisher no.
1122790 Kanopy
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 60 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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