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Re: How can studying in the Arctic help the rest of the earth?


From: "Douglas Causey" <answer8@passport.ivv.nasa.gov>
Subject: Re: How can studying in the Arctic help the rest of the earth?
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 13:25:50 -0400

Ted Schultz
Research Entomologist
Smithsonian Institution
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From: onair@passport.ivv.nasa.gov <onair@passport.ivv.nasa.gov>
Date: Tuesday, April 28, 1998 12:16 PM
Subject: How can studying in the Arctic help the rest of the earth?


>Justin B. asks this Question:
>
>How can studying in the Arctic help the rest of the earth?
>
>
>Answer:
>
>Hi Justin!  We know so little about the natural world that studying any
aspect of nature anywhere will help us understand more about the world and
the environment.  The Arctic is a good place to study natural systems
because the environment is a little simpler than elsewhere, like in the
tropics.  For example, there are only about 300 species of birds that live
in the Arctic, while in the tropics there are probably 5,000!  Another
reason is that natural events that will affect the rest of the world often
are seen happening first in the Arctic.  Scientists are concerned that the
climate may be warming, and if it is, the first place that these effects
would be seen is here in the Arctic, where we now are seeing glaciers
starting to melt, the permafrost disappearing, and other effects.

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