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Franz Josef Land Expedition: A Mosaic of Arctic Horizons

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off to explore Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote archipelagos in the world, only 900 km from the North Pole. Home to polar bears, whales, seals and more, the team will investigate how global warming may be affecting this crucial ecosystem in ways we still do not fully comprehend.  Follow his adventures...

Photographer Andrey Kamenev captures all moods of the Barents Sea on the three day sail from Murmansk Port to Franz Josef Land.

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off to explore Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote archipelagos in the world, only 900 km from the North Pole. Home to polar bears, whales, seals and more, the team will investigate how global warming may be affecting this crucial ecosystem in ways we still do not fully comprehend.  Follow his adventures throughout the month.

Photographer Andrey Kameney captures all moods of the Barents Sea on the 3-day sail from Murmansk Port to Franz Josef Land.

The excitement and anticipation is tangible on the ship as the team prepares to reach land and embark on their first dive into an underexplored and largely untouched icy ecosystem. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s updates!

NEXT: Read All Franz Josef Land 2013 Blog Posts

 

The Pristine Seas: Franz Josef Land expedition is sponsored by Blancpain and Davidoff Cool Water. 

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Meet the Author

Enric Sala
Marine ecologist Dr. Enric Sala is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence who combines science, exploration and media to help restore marine life. Sala’s scientific publications are used for conservation efforts such as the creation of marine protected areas. 2005 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, 2006 Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, 2008 Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum.