Questions & Answers Wk 11

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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!

Yes, we do have a satellite phone and we use it to communicate with Basecamp.

Sometimes because of weather conditions, especially extreme wind, we lose connection on the phone. We also do not have much time to spend talking on the phone, since we tend to spend our days taking down camp, mushing, eating, and then setting up our next campsite.

What is our number? It's a secret!

Do you have a satellite phone? What's your number?

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All ecosystems work in harmony... this means that upsetting one has consequences on others.

One of the consequences of the ice melting in the Arctic and Antarctic is that it is changing of the currents in our oceans.
We found the following information at the NASA  Website:

"...Some scientists worry that melting Arctic sea ice will dump enough freshwater into the North Atlantic to interfere with sea currents. Some freshwater would come from the ice-melt itself, but the main contributor would be increased rain and snow in the region. Retreating ice cover exposes more of the ocean surface, allowing more moisture to evaporate into the atmosphere and leading to more precipitation.

Because saltwater is denser and heavier than freshwater, this "freshening" of the North Atlantic would make the surface layers more buoyant. That's a problem because the surface water needs to sink to drive a primary ocean circulation pattern known as the "Great Ocean Conveyor." Sunken water flows south along the ocean floor toward the equator, while warm surface waters from tropical latitudes flow north to replace the water that sank, thus keeping the Conveyor slowly chugging along. An increase in freshwater could prevent this sinking of North Atlantic surface waters, slowing or stopping this circulation...."

This alone has a domino-like-effect on everything else.

How do arctic ecosystem affect life on earth

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Yes. Sometimes they make burrows themselves and curl up in the snow, but we oftentimes will dig into the snow for them, and then they burrow themselves in the area we've cleared. This protects them from the harsh winds, too.


Do the dogs ever bury themselves in the snow to keep warm at night?

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answer provided by: GoNorth! Expert: Max Holmes

I believe that society MUST act fast to minimize the chaos - it doesn't mean that there won't still be big challenges even if we do act fast, but if we don't, the challenges will be much more severe.

Do you believe society can act fast enough to stop climate chaos?

(asked during the wk 11 chat)

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answer provided by: GoNorth! Expert: Max Holmes

Fantastic question!  The most important think you can do, I think, is learn as much as you can and then help to educate others.  We can all do things as individuals to slow global warming, but what we really need is for the voters to demand that their candidates (whatever the political party) get to work seriously on this issue (something that hasn't really happened yet in my view).

What can we do to repair the damage thats already been caused by global warming?

(asked during the wk 11 chat)

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Lexie & Sam

This is a good question. It really depends on the weather and our environment. A total of 25 miles (40 km) a day is great.  On some days, we can travel two miles (due to really deep snow, pack ice, or other difficult conditions) and, on other days, we will cruise and cover 30-40, sometimes even more, miles in a day!

We are wondering, on a good day, what would you say your mph is.

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answer provided by: GoNorth! Expert: Max Holmes

Ask a politician what the plan to do to combat global warming.  If they don't give you a good answer, ask again - and again.


Do you know of any ways kids can help with climate change?

(asked during the wk 11 chat)

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Neill Elementary, Minnesota USA:

Our three favorites are: GORP (mix of chocolate chips, M&M's, nuts and raisins), dried apricots, and the Chocolate Brownie Clif Bar. Yuuummiii!


What is your favorite snack while you are traveling?

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We are very good friends. When you travel together as a team and work as hard (and many hours) together as we do, it is crucial that we all respect each other and pay attention to taking care of each other. We have to be excellent at team work and communication.

Now that the four of you are traveling together on the icecap, are you best friends?

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The first time Europeans found the Bering Strait and Alaska was in 1728 - and it was by a man from Denmark (like Mille). His name is Vitus Bering! What is often not told, is that Vitus Bering had been expelled from Denmark, so he was working as a ship's captain for the Russian Czar. The Russians then called Alaska theirs and that's how Alaska was first Russian before it was sold to the U.S in 1867.

In addition to to receiving the credit for having discovered Alaska, he also discovered the body of water that divides it from Russia. Both the strait and sea are named after him: The Bering Strait and the Bering Sea.

We have been studying the polar husky A to Z and we have learned about Knud Rasmussen in Greenland. Virus Bering's name comes first in the V section and I want to know why is he important?

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