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On Thin Ice in the Bering Sea

In this series of video stories, explore the past and future of the fast-changing Bering Sea region, its culture and people, and the new polar science that is emerging from an expedition on board the Coast Guard cutter Healy.

Part 1

Polar Science and Yup'ik Culture

"The Healy is really a science machine... We have people studying everything from whales to walruses."



Part 2

Science and Subsistence

"Most of the hunters spend a lot of time observing the weather, the ice conditions, the water currents. This information is going to save your own life, or somebody else's life."



Part 3

Hot Spots and Cold Patches

"The Bering Sea is warming. What we are trying to do is understand how this system, which is shallow, it's vulnerable, how it is going to respond and change."



Part 4

Bering Sea Harvest

"We may not have sea ice whatsoever—potentially in the next couple decades... That is in our lifetime."


"On Thin Ice in the Bering Sea" is a production of Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc. in association with the Clark Science Center at Smith College. Produced by Lawrence R. Hott and Tom Litwin.

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