Educational video about Arctic sea ice to bookmark: excellent for adults and children

From Polar Bear Science

Dr. Susan Crockford

One of the recommended videos I included in my Arctic Sea Ice Ecosystem Teaching Guide is a film called “Edge of Ice”. Produced in 1986 (before climate change hype pervaded everything), this 55 minute documentary from the National Film Board of Canada (filmed in Lancaster Sound, Canada) is an excellent summary of Arctic sea ice and its ecology. Available for free streaming here.

Wild polar bear on pack ice in Arctic sea close up

Narrated in parts by an Inuk hunter, it not only shows virtually all of the species associated with ice edges in the central Canadian Arctic, including polar bears, but also explains the process of freezing and thawing; life under the ice and the importance of polynyas.

Worth bookmarking for future viewing if you can’t get to it right away. Beats watching the news these days. It’s also a reminder to tell your homeschooling friends and relatives over the holidays about my free Teaching Guide resource: it’s something many parents will find useful.

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John Tillman
December 24, 2021 4:09 am

Arctic sea ice extent is at the average for 2001-10, and well above for 2011-20 and the century.

Reply to  John Tillman
December 24, 2021 4:13 am

Yes – but that is very much the exception over the last 2 decades, isn’t it?

John Tillman
Reply to  griff
December 24, 2021 4:37 am

No. Arctic sea ice has been growing since 2012 and flat since 2007.

If it’s average for 2001-10, how can it be an exception for the past two decades? It’s above average for 2001-2020, so I guess in that case it’s less usual than the norm. But it’s in line with the nine-year uptrend.

Arctic sea ice is cyclic, roughly 30 years of wax and 30 of wane.

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Rich Davis
Reply to  John Tillman
December 24, 2021 2:24 pm

Arctic ice: wax and wane
griff: no facts and all whine.

Reply to  griff
December 24, 2021 4:38 am

It was much lower in 1974.

Reply to  griff
December 24, 2021 4:40 am

The exception could have been the time with lower ice with an actuel return to normal.

Reply to  griff
December 24, 2021 6:27 am

It was much lower during the early to mid 20th century and during the MWP, so what exactly is your point?

Joao Martins
December 24, 2021 4:10 am

Thank you, Susan, for this reference!

December 24, 2021 4:13 am

The problem is the edge of the ice is ever further away in the thaw season – and it recedes earlier.

Reply to  griff
December 24, 2021 4:41 am

Whose problem, yours ?
Not for polar bears, be sure 😀

Reply to  griff
December 24, 2021 6:29 am

Not according to researching unless you know better

Reply to  griff
December 24, 2021 9:25 am

Mindless babble from the mindless trollop.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  griff
December 24, 2021 10:56 am

Griff, polar bears and seals seem to disagree with you as they refuse to go into crisis?

Why don’t you think like a polar bear as this is the best time ever for them.

Same as it is for us BTW

Reply to  griff
December 24, 2021 4:07 pm

Griff reminds me of a 6 year old I used to coach at T-ball. Every time he came up to bat he got his butt kicked and rarely got to first base. But his confidence never wavered and every time he came in he had a bit of a strut as if he expected to hit a homer. It didn’t happen.

Alan the Brit
December 24, 2021 4:20 am

Any chance of sending a freebee to WWF as they’re still ranting on tv ads here in the UK about the vanishing sea-ice because of non-globul warming destroying their “home”!!!

Merry Christmas to WUWT et al & a happy new year!!! AtB

Janice Moore
Reply to  Alan the Brit
December 24, 2021 10:12 am

Great idea, Alan. 😀

Afraid WWF won’t agree: “All is well with the sea ice. No crisis. No need to send us money to save the polar bears” doesn’t accomplish their mission (SEND US MORE MONEY (that’s how we pay our holy little selves)). 🤨


Merry Christmas! 🎄

Last edited 1 year ago by Janice Moore
Pat from kerbob
December 24, 2021 10:57 am

And Merry Christmas to Susan Crockford, thank you for your efforts and contribution in fighting the Scientology narrative.

Rich Davis
December 24, 2021 2:26 pm

Video was well worth watching. Thanks

December 24, 2021 4:09 pm

The WWF has been running their “look at the poor Polar Bears” commercials

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