The Arctic Studies Center
Explore the history of northern peoples, cultures, and environments and the issues that matter to northern residents today. Join us as we excavate arctic sites and support indigenous efforts to preserve cultural heritage.
All the information you need to explore the circumpolar North. The regions we cover are Alaska, the Yukon Territory, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Faroe Islands and the northern parts of the Russian Federation. Check out the “Teacher Resources” for fun links for kids.
Find out all about Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
Antarctica New Zealand
This WebSite section provides a range of education and information resources as well as links to Antarctic related sites.
Facts for reports, lots of photos, and my favorite section: The Heroic age of Antarctic Exploration.
Tim and his robot friend Moby take you to one of the Earth’s coldest regions. Don’t forget your scarf!
Tundra: The Not-So Barren Land
Tundra is the coldest of all the biomes. Tundra comes from the Finnish word tunturia, meaning treeless plain. It is noted for its frost-molded landscapes, extremely low temperatures, little precipitation, poor nutrients, and short growing seasons.
Tundra-Cam is a live and interactivewebcam located at an elevation of 11,600 feet in the Colorado Front Range.
Games & Puzzles
Arctic Fox Jigsaw Puzzle
Be patient while this loads. It is worth the wait.
Polar Pairs Java Game
Match up the animals and learn all about their habits and habitat. It might get a little chilly, so keep your nose warm!
Help the skier find the fall line and get to the bottom of the hill.
Ski Terms Word Search Puzzle
From “chairlift” to “hot chocolate,” can you find the hidden ski trip terms in this puzzle?
Winter Word Search
Only 12 words to find, but the grid is 15 x 15.
Science of Cold
All About Glaciers
A glacier site with something for everyone from glaciologists to grade school students
Animals of the Polar Regions
Yes, there really are things that live there!
Ice is the dominant feature of Arctic marine ecosystems. It continuously sculpts the coastal landscape and acts as a major limiting factor to all biological activity. Lots of good illustrations.
Artic Wildlife Portfolio
Biologist Doug Siegel-Causey shares his knowledge and special insights about this icy world and it’s inhabitants.
Dear Dr. Universe
Where is the coldest place on earth, and what is the coldest temperature ever recorded there?”
How do animals spend the winter?
People live in warm houses and wear heavy coats outside. Our food comes from the grocery store. But what happens to the animals?
Secrets of Hibernation
Certain mammals have what many people might consider the good fortune to be able to sleep through the winter — to hibernate. They bed down in the fall and, for all intents and purposes, don’t arise again until the spring.
Tundra Animal Printouts
The tundra is a cold, treeless area; it is the coldest biome. The tundra is characterized by very low temperatures, very little precipitation (rain or snow), a short growing season, few nutrients, and low biological diversity. Pictures to color and facts about arctic animals.
Why You Can’t Have a Snowball Fight on Mars
Earth is a very special planet indeed. It is the only place in the solar system where you can pummel your little brother (or, more likely, get pummeled by him) with snowballs. By Scott A. Sandford, NASA Ames Research Center.
Igloo Building Guide
Building an igloo is easy and fun. And the igloo is a great place to spend the night on a small ‘expedition’ in the mountains. It is much warmer than a tent, and can be built just about anywhere.
Make a Snowflake
An interactive site that lets you cut out a paper snowflake all to your own liking.
Snow and ice are both precipitation — processes that remove water from clouds. Things grow more interesting when water vapor freezes in the atmosphere.
Construct snowflakes and learn about the beauty of their symitry. Patterns to print out and cut to get an idea how to create your own.
Learn the basics of snow here, such as how to build a snow castle, how to make virtual snow flakes, how to have a snowball fight, and how to be a snow artist. Eero Väänänen of snowy Finland knows how to do this best.
Snow is pretty, and it’s fun to play in. If you live in an area where there is clean snowfall, you can use it to make dessert, too!
What does it take to make a blizzard?
Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates
On a bright December morning long ago, two thinly clad children were kneeling upon the bank of a frozen canal in Holland. Thus begins the tale by Mary Mapes Dodge.
Iceberg – The Story of the Throps and the Squallhoots
When three children are set adrift in the midst of an Arctic storm, their adventures are only just beginning. Soon they land upon an iceberg.
The Little Match Girl
Poor thing: in just a few seconds she had caught a glimpse of everything that life had denied her: warmth and good things to eat. By Hans Christian Andersen. No one can keep a dry eye through this story.
Cool Antarctica is fortunate to have been able to secure an exclusive interview with Pete and Dolores Adelie, a penguin couple, in West Antarctica.
The Snow Queen
The snow-flakes became larger and larger, till they appeared like great white chickens. All at once they sprang on one side, the great sledge stopped, and the person who had driven it rose up. The fur and the cap, which were made entirely of snow, fell off, and he saw a lady, tall and white, it was the Snow Queen. By Hans Christian Anderson.