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'Threshold Podcast' — Season 2, Episode 4: 'Becoming Arctic, Becoming Human'

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Winfred Obruk points to the lost beach in Shishmaref, Alaska, where the community's playground and fish-drying racks are now under water. The island faces rapid erosion due to the effects of climate change, and residents have voted twice to relocate. They are determined to move as a community, but while they try to navigate this costly and complicated process, the Chukchi Sea pushes ever-closer to their homes." Image by Nick Mott. United States, 2017.
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A lot of reporting from the Arctic starts with ice and polar bears. On season two of Threshold, we...

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Episode 4: BECOMING ARCTIC, BECOMING HUMAN

An eight-ton concrete ball and a 32,000-year-old needle collection. What's all this got to do with the Arctic? Find out on this episode of Threshold.

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TRACKING THE ARCTIC CIRCLE ON GRÍMSEY ISLAND

Axial tilts, moon wobbles, an Arctic Circle that refuses to sit still — it's kind of confusing! These documents might help you wrap your mind around this phenomenon, supplied by Studio Granada Architects in Iceland:

Map of the Arctic Circle as it moves across Grímsey Island — the small zig-zags are caused by the moon

A more detailed diagram of that same map

Description of the project by artist Kristinn Hrafnsson

WHAT'S REALLY WARMING THE WORLD?

Bloomberg Businessweek's interactive article shows how much different factors, both natural and industrial, contribute to global warming.

MAP OF HUMAN MIGRATION

This map from National Geographic shows migration patterns for the wave of humans that populated the globe. That article says modern humans began leaving Africa 60,000-70,000 years ago. Other researchers date that migratory wave to closer to 80,000 years ago.

A PREHISTORY OF THE NORTH

Get a more in-depth picture of Arctic migration in this book by John Hoffecker.

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