Questions & Answers Wk 04

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Every week Team GoNorth! answers ten questions related to the module topic from student explorers -- so stay tuned and submit YOUR questions!

Hi Ali! No action is too small. Every little step each of us takes when looked at collectively is HUGE! Here are some quick suggestions:

Are you going to go 'dark' for Earth Hour next Saturday, March 28th?
"On Earth Hour hundreds of millions of people around the world will come together to call for action on climate change by doing something quite simple—turning off their lights for one hour. The movement symbolizes that by working together, each of us can make a positive impact in this fight, protecting our future and that of future generations. Learn more about how Earth Hour began, what we’ve accomplished, and what is in store for 2010."  Learn More

Have you been to Sustainable Sable's Green A-Z ?
Sable is helping everyone become greener and reduce their CO2 emissions.

Check out Trigger's Tweets!
Every day Trigger tweets an idea for things you can do in your classroom, home or community.

One paw at a time we can all make a difference!

I know you are very busy so I am going to try to make this quick! .......I have been watching your videos and I have looked up glaciers and it is very serious! People are not taking it seriously here! How could I help to do something even very small I could do! Thank you so much for caring and giving up your time to help!

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The ice sheet gains mass from snow falling onto it. Some or all of that accumulation is lost to melt. The difference between the accumulation and melt for a given year describes the annual net mass balance, which is what makes up the change in the sheets thickness and volume. We start out with that because we think it is important to realize how difficult it is to answer the question about how much ice has been lost in percentage... Instead what is really looked at and compared over time, is the rate with which the ice sheet is melting.

The area of the sheet that experiences melting has increased about 16% from 1979 and since 2002 the area of melting every year is breaking the record from the year before. Looking at data up until 2008 shows the ice sheet is melting at a rate of 195 cubic kilometers (46.7 cubic miles) per year. That amounts to that between year 2000 and 2008 the Greenland ice sheet lost as much as 1,500 gigatons of mass.

These measurements came from the US space agency's GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) satellite, launched in 2002.

How much percent of the ice has been lost in Greenland?

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Great Question! Back in the middle of February we sent an email to all registered teachers telling them that Tracker would be going on a classroom expedition this year. If teachers were interested in having Tracker come to their room, they entered their name in a drawing. We then printed all the names of the Schools and held a drawing on Friday, February 18th.

We drew 14 names out of Tracker's Travel Bag and as we drew each of the names, we wrote the numbers 14, 13, 12.... all the way to 1. #1 was the first class she went to: Neill Elementary School.

Did you watch the video of the drawing from week 1?

How do you pick where Tracker goes?

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Yes! We visited the most famous of Ice Hotels (and possibly the one you saw on the Discovery Channel) when we were in Sápmi, Sweden during GoNorth! Fennoscandia 2008. We talked about it during the week 5 Trail Report and you can see photos and movies from the Ice Hotel in the Scrapbook too!


One of us saw Ice Hotels on the Discovery Channel. Have you been on a mission where you have seen one?

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Neill Elementary 1st Graders

Our last expedition was in the Winter and Spring of 2009 when we went to Baffin Island in Nunavut, Canada. You may learn more about that expedition at  GoNorth! Nunavut 2009.


When was the last time you went exploring?

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Ben this is a great question! There has been a lot of discussion around answering this question too... and we've decided that we're gonna make you wait till the Team actually flies over to Greenland to find out! ;)

How long does it take to fly to Greenland?

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The Polar Huskies only eat at the end of the day after we have stopped running and set up camp. They can't 'work' with food in their bellies or they would get upset stomachs and feel sick. We certainly don't want that to happen! :)  During the day when we take breaks and stop for the two-legged Team members to eat the Polar Huskies will eat/drink snow. At the end of the day they are rewarded with a delicious dinner and then settle-in for a good night of sleep before we get up and do it all again the next day.

Do your dogs have to eat every time you take a break during the trail?

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Very little stops the dogs from eating, especially after a day of working!  The Polar Huskies can (and do!) eat their food when it is so cold it is frozen. A side 'perk' to this is that they have exceptionally clean teeth with little to no tarter build-up at all!

Will all of the sled dogs be able to eat cold food and water?

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Every single person said a very quick YES to this question! There is almost always music of some sort playing both at Education and Expedition Basecamp.

[as Tiffany is typing this answer right at this very moment, she is listening to the Bon Jovi album, Bounce.]

Do you like to listen to music?

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Not everything about GoNorth! and not everything that you'll find on is scientific. Sometimes it is just plain and simple fun! :)

Timber started sharing his 'Tails' from the Trail back during Arctic Transect 2004. He had so much fun doing it that he continued updating us with his "Timber Tails" during GoNorth! ANWR 2006 and GoNorth! Chukotka 2007.

When Timber's harness was hung up and he began his retirement, Beacon was the first to jump up and Beacon Blog began.

Beacon's first blogging experience was during GoNorth! Fennoscandia 2008. Blogging came very naturally to Beacon and he was very happy to do it again for GoNorth! Nunavut 2009. Now a master blogger, people of *all ages* look forward to reading what Beacon shares with us in his Thursday updates during the live program.

Why is this blog written from a dogs perspective and how is that scientific?

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Jake, Michael & Jacob