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Remains of lost whaling fleet revealed by diminished Arctic ice

The remains of whaling ships that became trapped by pack ice in 1871 have been found off the Arctic coast of Alaska. NOAA archaeologists have discovered the battered hulls of two 1800s whaling ships nearly 144 years after they and 31 others sank off the Arctic coast of Alaska in one

Forbidden City stones transported along ice roads

New research suggests that the multi-ton stones used to build the Forbidden City in China may have been moved there along roads made of ice. Hauling massive stones long distances over ice roads “is an interesting and plausible idea”, says Michael Parker Pearson, an archaeologist at University College London. But although

Remains of Iron Age horse found in glacier

The remains of a horse which dates back to the Iron Age has been found in melting glacier ice in Norway. "It shows that they were using horses for transport in the high alpine zone, in areas where we were quite surprised to find them," Lars Pilø, the head of snow

Melting ice reveals ancient hunting tools

Melting ice in Canada's Northwest Territories has revealed a treasure trove of ancient hunting tools. "Low and behold, we found a willow bow." That discovery led to a successful application for federal International Polar Year funds which have allowed an interdisciplinary team of researchers to explore eight ice patches for

Bacterium found under glacier reawakened after 120,000-year sleep

A tiny microbe found two miles under Greenland ice has been reawakened from a 120,000-year sleep. Researchers coaxed the dormant frozen microbes, back to life by carefully warming the ice samples containing them over a period of 11-and-a-half months. As the bugs, named Herminiimonas glaciei, awakened and began to replicate, colonies of

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