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 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.


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 number of seas surrounding the Arctic Ocean, which includes the East Siberian, Laptev, Kara, Barents, Norwegian, Greenland, Beaufort, and Chukchi.

Arctic Watch


Shamanic Ritual

A Chukchi shaman performing a ritual.


Minister Trutnev: Russia is interested in everything Arctic – natural resources and environment

In the Arctic, Russia is interested not only in raw materials but also in the conservation of the environment, stated Russian Natural Resources and Environment Minister Yury Trutnev during the “The Arctic – Territory of Dialogue” forum in Arkhangelsk.