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Ellesmere Island Expedition Supplement for Grades 3-12

In March 2008, six emerging leaders from four countries joined Will Steger on a 1,400 mile dogsled expedition across Ellesmere Island.

In March 2008, six emerging leaders from four countries joined Will Steger on a 1,400 mile dogsled expedition across Ellesmere Island.

Ellesmere Island Expedition Supplement for Grades 3-12

In March 2008, six emerging leaders, ages 21–28 from four countries, including the US, Norway, Great Britain, and Canada, joined Will Steger on a 1,400 mile dogsled expedition across Ellesmere Island, in collaboration with National Geographic Society, the International Polar Year, and the Royal Norwegian Embassy.

The expedition team followed in the footsteps of legendary polar explorers: Robert Peary, Matthew Henson, Frederick Cook, and Norwegian legend Otto Sverdrup. In an area considered the front lines of global warming, they visited ice shelves that have collapsed and those that are on the brink of collapse to document and bear witness to the disintegrating ice shelves, the retreating glaciers, and the destruction of wildlife habitat. Crossing fjords, mountain ranges, ice shelves, ice caps, and sea ice, the expedition team recorded the impact climate change has had on the third largest island in the Canadian Arctic and northernmost tip of the North American continent, only 490 miles from the North Pole. The 2008 Ellesmere Island Expedition inspired and mobilized the next generation of adventurers and eyewitnesses to climate change.

The expedition dispatches in this Ellesmere Island 2008 supplement were written by the expedition team: Sigrid Ekran (Norway), Sarah McNair-Landry (Canada), Ben Horton (United States), Thorleif Tobias Thorleifsson (Norway), Eric McNair-Landry (Canada), and Sam Branson (Great Britain). These dispatches were selected to complement the Global Warming 101 lesson plans.

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