November 16, 1986 |
Bewitched by the fearsome but strangely compelling Arctic landscape, Susan Kaplan abandoned plans for a career focused on the sunny islands of the South Pacific and turned north. The decision eventually led Kaplan, an archaeologist and anthropologist, to Philadelphia in search of the secrets of four remarkable explorers. That search has culminated in "Raven's Journey: the World of Alaska's Native People," a centennial exhibition at the University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania.
April 5, 2009
An Arctic explorer will be honored with a statue to be unveiled tomorrow in Camden. Matthew Henson is believed to be the first person to reach the North Pole, a feat he accomplished on April 6, 1909. But for decades the credit went to his exploring partner, Robert Peary. It's believed Henson, who died in the 1950s, did not get credit because he was black. He was recognized by Congress in the 1940s and later by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The statue in Camden is next to an abandoned church that organizers hope to turn into a maritime-history museum.
September 11, 2009 |
The most comprehensive study to date of conditions in the Arctic shows that climate change has already transformed landscapes and ecosystems through Siberia, northern Canada, Alaska, Greenland, and other far northern regions. "The Arctic as we know it may soon be a thing of the past," said Eric Post, a biologist at Pennsylvania State University and the leader of the large, international team that put together the study, published in today's issue of the journal Science. In his 20 years of fieldwork in Greenland, Post said he's seen wild rhododendrons explode across the tundra, and once-abundant herds of caribou thinning to half their previous ranks.
September 13, 1997 |
Faced with near dissolution last April, the Geographical Society of Philadelphia decided to cut back. One measure it took was to close its headquarters, with the intent of selling many mementos and decorations and much of its library at auction. On Thursday, the first batch of those items will be the highlight of Freeman/Fine Arts of Philadelphia Inc.'s first fall book sale. They include more than 500 books, most of them dealing with the Arctic and Antarctica, and almost two dozen curios, mostly from polar explorations.
April 20, 2012 |
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. - As with most veteran filmmakers and directors, Greg MacGillivray's imagination was lush with visions of how his new project might look. What he didn't picture when he started the new IMAX documentary To the Arctic was just how personal that project would get. For one thing, every member of his family of four - his wife Barbara, son Shaun, and daughter Meghan - participated behind the scenes. Eight years ago, Greg and Barbara cofounded the MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation, which aims to contribute to the conservation of natural and cultural resources through giant-screen films and companion educational programming.
November 8, 1999 |
The 19th-century explorer and author Isaac Israel Hayes grew up in one of the most picturesque parts of Chester County. His childhood home in East Bradford, surrounded by lush meadows and overlooking the scenic Brandywine, was often described as one of the oldest residences in the county. He enjoyed fishing there, as well as family picnics at a popular retreat called Deborah's Rocks. Hayes' life at age 21 must have seemed a harrowing nightmare in comparison. A young surgeon, he found himself in the middle of the Arctic tundra, surviving on lamp lard and glacial moss, and living in a makeshift shelter built into a crevice.
September 11, 2009 |
Some films feel off from the get-go. They don't hang together, despite the best intentions. Whiteout, a singularly unsuspenseful, unexciting, unthrilling Arctic thriller starring Underworld's Kate Beckinsale, isn't exactly one of these. It's even worse. Directed with minimal conviction by Dominic Sena (Gone in Sixty Seconds), Whiteout is a wipeout. The film opens with an exciting gunfight in a Soviet cargo plane as it speeds over Antarctica. It's 1957 and the plane is carrying some super-secret, super-important, and super-mysterious thing - the flick's MacGuffin.
November 14, 1997 |
From Alaska east to Siberia, the Arctic has been warmer this century than it has been at any time since 1600, according to a compilation of 29 different studies that used tree rings, ice samples, and other indirect tracers of past temperatures. While the lead researchers, Jonathan Overpeck and Ray Bradley, say they believe at least part of the measured warming of 2 to 3 degrees Fahrenheit stems from human-generated pollutants, they acknowledge that it is nearly impossible to detangle human-generated greenhouse warming from natural variations in temperature, such as those from volcanic eruptions and changes in the sun. "That's the $64,000 question," says Bradley, who is head of geosciences at the University of Massachusetts.
April 21, 2013
Americo DiSantis talks about what makes a great meal in the Arctic and what's most important to take there with you. www.inquirer.com/disantis