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RRS James Clark Ross

RRS James Clark Ross.

Arctic expedition special

5 July 2010

This week Richard Hollingham reports from an unusual and somewhat cold location - onboard the British Antarctic Survey's RRS James Clark Ross which was stuck in the ice for two weeks 1000 kilometres from the North Pole.

He talks to researchers on the ship about their work, finds out exactly how dangerous polar bears can be and hears what it's like to dive in freezing cold waters.

He also learns that the Arctic isn't the desolate, barren place you might at first imagine. No, it's full of life. Not just big stuff like bears, seals and gulls, but algae and microorganisms that literally keep our planet alive.

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The Planet Earth podcast - 'Arctic expedition special'.

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If you're yearning to find out more about the Arctic, have a look at Richard's daily blog from the expedition - the link's on the right hand side of this page.

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