Arctic Antics

Field Facts

Fact #1 - The arctic region sits on top of the world and covers 18 million square miles (30 million sq. km).

 

Map of the Arctic with the Arctic Circle in blue.

Fact #2 - The line of the Arctic Circle is about 1,650 miles (2,655 km) south of the North Pole.

Fact #3 - The Arctic Circle marks the region above which, for at least one day a year, there is 24-hours of sunshine in the summer and 24-hours of darkness in the winter. We'll need all the daylight we can get to track Luna and find those naughty Litterbugs!

Fact #4 - This northernmost region of the world consists of the Arctic Ocean and parts of Canada, Russia, the United States (Alaska), Denmark (Greenland), Sweden, Finland and Iceland.

Fact #5 - The Arctic Ocean is 5.4 million square miles (14 million sq. km) and is the smallest of earth's five oceans.

Fact #6 - The word “arctic” comes from the Greek word for bear, arktos. It refers to two star constellations visible in the northern night sky: Ursa Major ("Great Bear") and Ursa Minor ("Little Bear"), which includes the North Star, Polaris. Bentley Bear Bean should feel right at home here!

  

                                                                        Ursa Major Photo Credit by storybookmedia.com                                                  Ursa Minor Photo Credit: analyticalsci.com
                                                   

Fact #7 - Even though the arctic is very cold and snowy, it is full of life. Hundreds of unique plant and animal species inhabit arctic lands and seas, including Orca whales. Many animals also live in the arctic, including Orca whales. It's a good thing that Ophelia and her pod happened to be in the area at the time of Luna's disappearance.

Fact #8 - The Orca whale (Orcinus orca) is the largest member of the dolphin family. These black and white colored mammals are highly social and intelligent creatures. The orca whale's large size and strength make it one of the fastest marine mammals, able to reach speeds of about 34 mph (56 kph). That's plenty of speed to keep up with Ruby Monkey Bean and her brother Gibbon.

 Photo Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Fact #9 - The arctic is greatly affected by global warming or climate change because of melting sea ice. Shiny snow and ice reflect much of the sun's energy into space. When melting occurs, land and water are exposed and absorb more and more of the sun’s energy, making the earth even warmer. Scientists are worried that this could soon cause sea levels to rise, threatening cities and coastal communities around the world.

Fact #10 - If all the ice in the Arctic melted, the global sea level would rise about 24 feet (7.3 m). If all the ice in the Antarctica melted, it would rise about 200 feet (60.96 m).

Quickly Beans! We need to find Luna and save the Arctic before it's too late!

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