Acacia Johnson

Sea Ice Stories
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Nationality: USA
Biography: Acacia Johnson is a photographer and writer from Alaska, focused on human relationships to wilderness. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Acacia received a Fulbright grant to Canada in 2014, to overwinter on Baffin Island . Since... read on
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Sea Ice Stories
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Updated: 03/31/20
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In the spring, when animals migrate north and the sun never sets, Inuit children join their families on weeks-long camping trips across Canada’s Arctic. They’re taught hunting skills and cultural values passed down for more than 5,000 years. In the past three decades, multiyear ice, the thickest and oldest type that supports the Arctic marine ecosystem, has declined by 95 percent.

National Geographic, September 2019

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Platinum Level Sponsors: Quark Expeditions

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