Arctic mission to explore secrets beneath the ice

Date: 1/8/2004

An international project to explore the Arctic Ocean is expected to discover thousands of new species of marine animals that have been cut off from the rest of the world for millions of years. Scientists say the exploration of the Arctic Ocean – perhaps the least understood body of salt water on earth – is urgent because of the threat that global warming poses for its unique marine life.  The concern over global warming has resulted in the lack of thick ice which impacts on local wildlife. Polar bears for instance are starving as a result of having to swim longer distances between ice floes when they go hunting for seals in spring and summer.

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