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Aurora behind ship mast

Night Lights

In the fall of 2003, the Arctic Edge science team returned to the Western Arctic Ocean to retrieve and redeploy an array of moorings placed in 2002 to observe one of the world's least-studied bodies of water. Their instruments were designed to measure the complex ocean circulation processes between the Pacific and Arctic oceans, with an eye on how that interaction affects regional and global climate. The more immediate question is: how did the moorings fare after a year under the watchful spirits of the Northern Lights? (Photo by Chris Linder, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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