Arctic Maps

Indigenous Population
Indigenous Population

Expert Opinions

The resumption of Russia’s active military presence in the Arctic will make it possible to expedite research projects and expeditions and to improve the regional air-defense system

Arctic Facts


The distance in miles that isotherms (bands of average temperatures) have shifted northward during the last 30 years. This means that the Arctic—as defined by temperature—is shrinking.


The fraction of Arctic lands governed by the Russian Federation and Canada.


The average annual volume of ice, in billions of tons, shed by the Greenland Ice Sheet from 2003–2006. Over the past decade the overall discharge of icebergs on Greenland has surged by 30 percent.

Arctic Watch


Shamanic Ritual

A Chukchi shaman performing a ritual.


Papanin’s North Pole Expedition on Drifting Ice Floe: Archival Footage

The world’s first Arctic research station, North Pole 1, began its work 75 years ago, on May 21, 1937.