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Ship navigating Arctic sea iceThe Arctic

The Arctic is beautiful and awe-inspiring. It is also a vital element of the Earth's climate system, helping to regulate global temperatures. Warm water comes into the region by strong currents from the Atlantic and Pacific, where it cools, sinks and eventually returns to the global oceans. During the long dark winter, heat is lost to the atmosphere and the central Arctic Ocean begins to freeze.

9 July 2019

Following the ocean's flow Stormy sea

The dramatic sight of Atlantic waves crashing onto UK shores from the vast, surging ocean illustrates perfectly the joke behind its nickname of 'The Pond'.

20 Jun 2019

Get to know the UK's new polar research ship, the RRS Sir David Attenborough Ship infographic

Once you have set eyes on the RRS Sir David Attenborough, you won't forget her. From rock drills and marine robots to the intriguingly named moon pool, take a closer look at everything the ship has to offer.

11 Jun 2019

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