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Life on top of the world: 5 months on Svalbard

Tue, 2020-05-26

Svalbard is an archipelago halfway between Norway and the North Pole.  It is the land of the polar night, the midnight sun, reindeer, polar bears, and Arctic foxes.  More recently, it is also home to coal miners, researchers, and adventure seekers. In 2010, Allison Chan spent 5 months living in Longyearbyen, Svalbard’s largest town and the world’s northernmost city.  Longyearbyen is a diverse and transient community that is both very remote and very connected.  In this presentation, she will share her experiences exploring, researching, and becoming at home in the Arctic.

The Mountaineer's monthly meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of every month. When held in person, that take place in the planetarium of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC),  2600 Canyon Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544. But for the May meeting, we continue to gather electronically, starting at 7:00 PM.

Anyone can register for the talk using the link below. Registrants will get an automatic email with the link and password to the Zoom call.  We’ll also send out an email to everyone who is registered about an hour before the talk starts (so 6 PM on Tuesday, April 28) in case the original email got lost or buried.

View PEEC's recording of this talk!

Approaching camp late on a spring evening on Svalbard. Photo credit Johannes Schmalz.

Trip Location: 
United States
78° 37' 6.4164" N, 15° 33' 54.8928" E

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