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ICE PACK By Guy Lawson

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The Bizarre Story Of An Accidental Pioneering Expedition

The twin-prop plane swung low, tilting its wings and heading north, only to circle back and swoop down over the men again. It was March 7, 1968, and the members of the Plaisted Polar Expedition looked up at the plane in bewilderment. They were trying to travel to the North Pole by snowmobile — in what they believed to be the first expedition to the North Pole carried out on motorized......read more

Jason Florio: River Gambia Expedition

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Stirring photos document a threatened way of life along the Gambia River

Jason Florio and his wife, Helen Jones-Florio, had already traveled the Republic of Gambia extensively when they decided to walk around the entirety of it in 2009. The 600-mile walk stands as the first recorded circumnavigation of the West African country by foot. As such, they know Gambia better than most, so when they heard of plans to dam the Gambia River on the Senegal-Guinea......read more

Expedition Gyre: Making Art from Alaskan Marine Trash

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Visual arts merges with marine biology in this ambitious plastic pollution project

Alaska is America's wildest, most remote state. But it is not immune to manmade environmental damage (just ask the residents of Valdez). On some of Alaska's most isolated beaches, you'll find plenty of garbage -- tons, in fact, as a group of scientists and artists discovered last summer, when they embarked on a 450-mile expedition to collect and document marine trash. The project was named......read more

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