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An Extreme Environment With An Unknown Future

Credit: Daisy Gilardini
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Canada’s Arctic

On October 9, 2009, the Vancouver Aquarium opened the Canada’s Arctic gallery, advancing our role as a global leader in connecting people to nature. The Canada’s Arctic gallery is about connecting people with the North and the many issues—environmental, social, political, economic and cultural—it is facing. For the first time, we are offering some of our exhibit content online. We felt it was fitting to start with Canada’s Arctic, which is experiencing some of the most dramatic climate change in the world.

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Arctic Changes

It's a different Arctic than 20 years ago. Nowhere is climate change being felt more rapidly or severely than in the Arctic

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From alien-looking copepods to sea angels and beluga whales, the waters of the Arctic Ocean can hardly be called barren, although it may look it from above the sea ice.

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A large majority of the people who live in Canada’s Arctic are Inuit. Discover how these groups adapted to living in the extreme climate of the Arctic for generations.

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Sea Ice

Sea ice is frozen ocean water blanketing the Arctic Ocean and the surrounding seas. It forms, grows and melts on the ocean, and is vital for many species living there.

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Unlocking Mysteries

Climate change is most noticeable in the Arctic. Researchers are racing against time to document the diversity of Arctic life as the sea ice continues to shrink all around them.

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Sharing Knowledge

Discover how traditional knowledge and science can unlock the Arctic’s mysteries together. Learn online or visit the Vancouver Aquarium’s Canada’s Arctic gallery.


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