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Another face of polar research

The history of polar research is, among other things, the history of national aspirations of countries which have over the years organized and supported expeditions to ice-bound edges of the world.

Even a child knows that poles are the points at the Earth’s very top and very bottom. The thing is, though, that the Earth is spherical and spheres, by definition, do not have tops or bottoms.

The melting of glaciers and the massive ice caps of Greenland and the Antarctic is responsible for about 60% of the rise in sea level.

What is it like to stay at a small polar station in the Arctic? How to reach it and what to do there? If you’re curious to know the answers to these and similar questions, look no further. The following text answers them all.

When hiking across Spitsbergen’s blooming tundra at the peak of spring (mid-June) (Photo 1), we sink in bog-like mosses and lichens, passing Arctic mushrooms, which – despite their diminutive size – still tower over the archipelago’s miniature trees. It is, therefore, only natural that the question posed in the title raises eyebrows. A jungle? You mean, here??