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Antarctic Photo Library

Hundreds of photos are available here, in such categories as People, Scenery, Science, Stations, Transportation, Historical and Wildlife.

The Antarctic Sun

Read this online newspaper from McMurdo Station, Antarctica. It has many interesting articles and images about what is in the news there each week! Learn about polar science and the people who participate in research and support roles.

Archaeology in Arctic North America

This website offers a great deal of information and photos about archaeological field work in the Arctic. Many different Arctic cultures are described.

The Arctic Circle

This website has features on history, culture, natural resources, and current issues about the Arctic. It has an extensive list of links to other interesting websites.

Arctic Studies Center

Use the Arctic Wildlife Portfolio of photos to find out about animals of the Arctic. Visit online exhibits of Arctic peoples and culture. Visit the "Crossroads of Continents" virtual museum.

The Arctic Theme Page — a NOAA site

The website, produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is designed to provide the general public, scientists, and students with data and information about the Arctic.

The Armada Project:

The ARMADA Project is a mentoring and research experience program for K-12 teachers. It places teachers in research projects all over the world, including the polar regions

Cold Science — Science in the Polar Regions

This is a feature of USA Today. You will find many interesting articles and images about weather, history, politics, explorers, science, and daily life in the polar regions. This is a good website for use with research projects and for general information.

Discovering Antarctica — the World's Last Great Wilderness

This British resource has wonderful sections of information, educational activities, and multimedia resources. A list of interactive resources can be found here

Sample resources:

Food From the Freezer an interactive page about the Antarctic food web.

Spot the Difference:

An interactive quiz to check knowledge of differences between the Arctic and Antarctic

How to Keep Warm:

The science of Polar Clothing

Easy-to-Use-Data Sets from the National Snow and Ice Data Center:

These "easy to use" data sets provide information in formats that require little or no processing or programming. These may be of particular interest to K-12 teachers and students, the press, the general public, or non-cryospheric researchers. Topics include sea ice, frozen ground, snow cover & snow hydrology, glaciers and ice sheets, and Arctic people.


Educapoles is a website of the International Polar Foundation.  Its goal is to inform people about the importance of the polar regions.  Check here for a wonderful set of multimedia activities.

The Endurance:  Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition

This website features an exibition from the American Museum of Natural History.  The exhibition documented one of the greatest tales of survival in expedition history: Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 voyage to the Antarctic.

From the Top of the World to the Bottom of the Food Web

This website contains comprehensive information about the food webs of the polar regions. See also the learning activities at this website.

The Glacier Story

This is a quick tour through the life of a glacier, with many interesting photos.

International Polar Week: March and Sept. on the equinoxes:

This is "…a collection of resources that celebrate the Equinoxes. Starting in 2012, International Polar Week is celebrated twice a year, in March and in September. The Equinoxes are the only time when everywhere on earth the day length is 12 hours, a perfect opportunity to celebrate the poles on a global scale!"

International Polar Year:

In the spring of 2007, scientists from more than 100 countries will embark on a coordinated campaign of scientific observations, research and analysis as part of the IPY. The polar "year" will include two calendar years to permit a full 12 months of observations in regions where six months of extreme cold and darkness can hamper fieldwork.  The IPY research is expected to dramatically expand our understanding of the Arctic and Antarctic regions, including their relationship to the global ecosystem. 

Live from Antarctica2

This is a website designed to feature an electronic field trip to Palmer Station, Antarctica in 1996. There are links to a teacher’s guide, student activities, and journals written by scientists.

Our Spaces-Foundation of the Good Governance of International Spaces:

Our Spaces "…was created in 2009 as a legacy of the Antarctic Treaty Summit - which was convened on the 50th anniversary of the 1959 Antarctic Treaty - to advance education, raise awareness and promote research regarding governance and management of our global commons."

The foundation sponsors Antarctica Day every December 1st, the anniversary of the signing of the Antarctica Treaty. There is a good section of resources to be found here

Paths Less Taken — NOAA at the ends of the Earth

Take a look at these wonderful collections of photos.

Penguin Science — understanding penguin response to climate and ecosystem change:

This website is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and various research entities. Watch penguins in real time via webcams and videos. Check out the sections on research, education, and climate and penguins. Try a data analysis exercise Nesting Time Activity [PDF] with data about penguin behavior.

Polar Connections

A project of the National Science and Technology Week, this website has wonderful activities, images, and information about polar science. See Polar Science Activities to try some of the hands-on science activities to be found at this website.

PolarTREC: Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating:

PolarTREC Learning Resources is a collection of scientific and educational materials compiled by the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS), and made available to anyone who is interested in teaching or learning more about the science of the Arctic and Antarctica. There are sections for teachers, for researchers, and a Virtual Base Camp with which to follow current scientific expeditions.

More Resources

Interactive Glacier Simulations:

The Polar TREC educational resource section contains a variety of classroom activities.


This resource, the work of the International Polar Foundation, contains articles, news stories and interviews about polar research in order communicate polar research to the wider scientific community and general public.

"SciencePoles's mission is to make polar science more approachable, by featuring interviews with leading scientists and background articles on important research from both the natural and social science."

University of Colorado, Boulder maintains a group of interactive simulations. This one is about glaciers: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/glaciers

Sea Ice — an Antarctic Habitat

It is fortunate that this German website has a version in English. This offers a good "tour" of the sea ice ecosystem, including photos and information about seals, penguins, sea birds, whales, and krill.

Sea Ice in the News from NDIC: 

The National Snow and Ice Data Center has links to important news stories about sea ice.  This library of news stories features recent articles as well as news accounts as early as 1999.

Shackleton’s Antarctic Odyssey

Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-1916 Endurance expedition is an amazing survival story. This NOVA website has wonderful historical, geographical, scientific, and technological information on Shackleton’s original expedition and its recreation in 1999-2000.

Teachers Experiencing Antarctica and the Arctic (TEA)

TEA administers a program whereby qualified teachers are selected to join scientific expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctica. This site has links to all the online journals sent by teachers when they are out in the field. You will also find information about the project, the application process, and polar science educational activities.

US Antarctic Program:

Funded by the U.S. Government's National Science Foundation (NSF), the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) supports scientific research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. The USAP carries forward the nation's goal of supporting the Antarctic Treaty, fostering cooperative research with other nations, protecting the Antarctic environment, and conserving living resources.

U.S. Antarctic Resource Center

"The U.S. Antarctic Resource Center (USARC) at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) maintains the Nation's most comprehensive collection of Antarctic maps, charts, satellite images, and photographs produced by the United States and other member nations of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)."

Warnings from the Ice

This NOVA program centers on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and the issues surrounding global climate change. The site uses images and activities to help us consider the question, "What would happen to the world’s coastlines if the West Antarctic Ice Sheet melted?"