Created 1-Oct-14
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With glaciers and ice caps covering ~36 600 km2, Svalbard is one of the largest glaciated areas in the Arctic with 2100 named glaciers ( The Himalayas have 380)The Arctic climate is currently warming at a faster rate than observed elsewhere on Earth and future projections suggest this trend will continue into the 21st century. With glaciers and ice caps covering ~36 600 km2, Svalbard is one of the largest glaciated areas in the Arctic with 2100 named glaciers ( The Himalayas have 380). In Longyearbyen, the average temperature ranges from -14°C during the winter to +6°C during the summer. The very lowest temperature was measured in March 1986 at –46.3°C, while the very highest temperature was measured in 1979 at +21.3°C. It is not uncommon on Svalbard to have long periods during the winter with temperatures between –20 and –30 °C; add to that a wind-chill factor that usually seriously compounds the cooling effect of the low temperatures. Periods of fog are common during the summer
Akademik Sergey Vavilov Awaits usTaking the Zodiac to the shipCutting through the Fjord to the High ArcticREUNITED WITH THE VAVILOV AFTER 3 YEARSFull water proof gear for expeditionFrom my portholeA working Scientific ship on lease from Russian Oceanagraphic Insttone of 36000 sq km of glaciers in Svalbard archipelago

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