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edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for Wikipedia:WikiProject Arctic:
  1. Yes check.svg Done Create {{WikiProject Arctic}} - use Template:WPBannerMeta to construct the template.
  2. X mark.svg Not done Start tagging the talkpages of relevant articles with {{WikiProject Arctic}} and assess quality. -
    Ongoing. - Very important that this is addressed and articles get tagged/assessed.
  3. Yes check.svg Done Create WP:WikiProject Arctic/Assessment.
  4. Yes check.svg Done Create {{Arctic-stub}} and tag the article-space of related stubs. See Category:Arctic stubs.
  5. X mark.svg Not done Recruit users to the project, listing them at Wikipedia:WikiProject Arctic#Participants.
    Ongoing. - Make sure this is posted at community locations such as Wikipedia:Community portal, Wikipedia:Village pump, etc.
    Created Outreach page and Invitation template
    Created Newest Article page
  6. Yes check.svg Done Create {{User Arctic Project}} - userbox which would output to Category:WikiProject Arctic members.
  7. Yes check.svg Done Create Portal:Arctic and consider design and content.

To do[edit]

Below is a To do list to get started with. Cirt (talk) 17:15, 16 August 2008 (UTC)

Moved the To do list into the {{todo}} box, uptop. Cirt (talk) 21:31, 16 August 2008 (UTC)

Update on To do list - If no one else gets to it, I can do some of the other set-up steps on the To do list (except for tagging all the talk pages of all the relevant articles) :P - Cirt (talk) 01:18, 18 August 2008 (UTC)

Lists of articles[edit]

See also User:Carcharoth/Arctic articles

Hi, let's get a list of the FA and GA articles in this subject, and the DYKs. I put up another arctic FPC today. DurovaCharge! 21:28, 16 August 2008 (UTC)

Created subsections which can be filled in, on the main WikiProject page. Cirt (talk) 21:36, 16 August 2008 (UTC)
Added some articles. Once a suitable set of pages has been made for tagging, then the bot will generate lists. Should be noted that the current lists are not meant to imply that this project did any of the work on the articles - the work was all done by others so far. But hopefully we can use such lists to build a portal. The lists can also suggest areas to work on. Carcharoth (talk) 00:24, 17 August 2008 (UTC)
Looks like we actually have a couple more featured pictures in there. Usually for a featured portal it's good to have 20. Let's correlate, and I'll see what I can do to find material and close the gap. DurovaCharge! 00:34, 17 August 2008 (UTC)
Thanks. For that, the category tree and the participants list! Carcharoth (talk) 00:52, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

Category tree[edit]

I've been revamping the category structure around Category:Arctic. Not quite finished (when is anything ever finished here!), but please have a look and make suggestions and/or improvements. Durova used the nifty "category tree" feature to put a dynamic listing on the front page. Carcharoth (talk) 00:54, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

Oh, I did that actually. :P - Cirt (talk) 00:58, 17 August 2008 (UTC)
Oops! :-) Carcharoth (talk) 01:17, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

Wildlife and dog breeds[edit]

Anyone know if Siberian Husky counts as Arctic wildlife? I put it in that category, but I think it should go more towards the human/culture/domestication side of things. Carcharoth (talk) 01:19, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

Scrub that. I found Category:Sled dog breeds. Carcharoth (talk) 01:21, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

Template:WikiProject Arctic[edit]

I went ahead and created the talk page banner {{WikiProject Arctic}} using Template:WPBannerMeta.

So go ahead and start tagging Arctic related talk pages with {{WikiProject Arctic}} so we can see a measure of what the statistics will be to start off for this project. Cheers, Cirt (talk) 04:00, 17 August 2008 (UTC)


Does anybody know which subdivisions of Russia are in part or in whole located in the Arctic? CambridgeBayWeather Have a gorilla 06:35, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

Well, there are multiple ways of defining Russian subdivisions. DurovaCharge! 09:55, 17 August 2008 (UTC)
It also depends on how you define Arctic. Arctic climate can extend a long way south of the Arctic Circle. There is a "10 degrees C July isotherm" map: see here. Anyway, the best I found on the Russian Arctic is at the subsection that redirect should link to (the "Tundra" section of Geography of Russia).

"The Russian Arctic stretches for close to 7,000 km west to east, from Karelia and the Kola Peninsula to Nenetsia, the Gulf of Ob, the Taymyr Peninsula and the Chukchi Peninsula (Kolyma, Anadyr River, Cape Dezhnev). Russian islands and archipelagos in the Arctic Sea include Novaya Zemlya, Severnaya Zemlya, and the New Siberian Islands." - quoted from Geography of Russia#Tundra

There is also the list at Arctic#Arctic lands: Diomede Islands (includes US territory); Franz Josef Land; New Siberian Islands; Novaya Zemlya; Severnaya Zemlya; Siberia; Wrangel Island. My advice would be to only put the "really" Arctic stuff in this WikiProject, and to make a separate list of borderline stuff. No point in tagging too much - the stuff on the borders of the Arctic should, in any case, already be tagged by other wikiprojects. Similar considerations will need to be made for animals and plants. I'd say only include if they are very obviously Arctic - let the animal and plant projects deal with the rest. Carcharoth (talk) 11:23, 17 August 2008 (UTC) (talk) 20:05, 8 May 2009 (UTC)::Hey. You should also consider the Arctic Tree Line -- briefly described in this article Tree Line The tree line marks an important transition in ecological and climatic conditions that greatly influences culture. Another idea would be to track the "Tundra" biome also described here: Tundra. That's my two cents. -- (talk) 20:05, 8 May 2009 (UTC)

This touches on a question I faced the other day with featured pictures: whether to cover migratory or broad-range species, and how far south to use wintry landscapes. Glaciers in Iceland at 63 degrees north latitude? I went with that, but not glaciers in Switzerland (push things far enough and we'd use glaciers in the Andes). Consider that Scotland is in the same latitude range as the Hudson Bay, and coldest parts of Russia are the easternmost rather than the northernmost. So far my solution has been to draw a mental line from point X to the pole and ask two questions: (1) Is the arctic-like climate explained by altitude? (2) Between X and the pole, is anyplace warmer? DurovaCharge! 11:42, 17 August 2008 (UTC)
What I really was asking was, which of the 83 Federal subjects of Russia lie in part or in whole above the Arctic Circle? I just wanted to finish off the airports category. I notice that Iceland is listed and I hadn't thought to include them as the majority lies below the circle. I was wondering about the bird issue as well, do you include all of these or just the three that overwinter? CambridgeBayWeather Have a gorilla 16:28, 17 August 2008 (UTC)
Visually, comparing this and this (sometimes looking at this), I think the answer is: Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Sakha Republic, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Arkhangelsk Oblast (including Nenets Autonomous Okrug) and Murmansk Oblast. Not sure about Magadan Oblast, Komi Republic and Republic of Karelia. That's going by the Arctic Circle, of course, and by that definition, it should be easy to find out the exact answer (though apparently the Arctic Circle itself shifts each year with the axial tilt precession). As far as the isotherm definition goes (see that map again), the isotherm is above the Arctic Circle for nearly all of Arctic Russia, except, as Durova has noted, in the Russian Far East, where the Arctic climate extends down to the north-eastern parts of Kamchatka Krai. The isotherm brings the Aleutian Islands, all of Greenland, most of Iceland and Hudson Bay and parts of Quebec within the Arctic climate. Carcharoth (talk) 19:24, 17 August 2008 (UTC)
From the perspective of images, sounds, and the potential portal, I think it makes sense to include any species whose range falls within the isotherm for at least part of the year, but select depictions that aren't inconsistent with an arctic environment. So we might highlight a common raven in flight against a blue sky background, but wouldn't use a shot of that species in Arizona. DurovaCharge! 19:35, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

Thanks, the Komi Republic had at least one. For the airports in Norway, Russia, the US and Canada I have included the particular regional categories but for Sweden and Finland I have listed the individual airports, as they aren't divided into regions. I agree with the image being either generic or background specific. CambridgeBayWeather Have a gorilla 21:21, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

A related question: high resolution public domain photographs of the region's indigenous peoples are available, but they tend to be captioned in problematic ways (as in a man in fur with a bow and arrow standing over a freshly killed polar bear, and bibliographic notes that him an Eskimo without mentioning the location). Any suggestions for how to approach this dilemma? DurovaCharge! 21:38, 17 August 2008 (UTC)
If the photographer is mentioned it may be possible to get some idea of the area the picture was taken in. The clothing may also help in suggesting a loctaion. If the image is used on Wikipedia or at Commons it should be mentioned that the picture is historical and does not reflect current Inuit/Eskimo culture. CambridgeBayWeather Have a gorilla 00:51, 18 August 2008 (UTC)

Geolocation by bot[edit]

By the way, someone answered my geolocation bot request. See here. Carcharoth (talk) 19:00, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

Arctic maps[edit]

One things I would like to see, as a long-term goal, is to improve the Arctic maps we have. Many maps show the Arctic in the standard map projections, which distorts the view. The best view is from the top, looking down on the North Pole. An example is the geolocation tools linking to Google Maps and stuff like that. I'd like it to be possible to link to maps looking down on the North Pole. For instance, a list of all the airports CambridgeBayWeather (can we call you CBW?) found could link to a map showing them all if all the co-ords were there. In practice, as most Arctic stuff is only just above the Arctic Circle, the places still show up on maps OK. This means the problem is less acute than for the Antarctic stuff - try looking up where the Antarctic research stations are on Google maps! Examples are Extreme points of the Arctic (see here - distances terribly distorted) and Extreme points of the Antarctic (see here). List of research stations in Antarctica and this is another example (guess which one of those is the one at the South Pole). Any advice on how to tackle this or where to ask for advice? I've asked at Template talk:GeoGroupTemplate for now. Carcharoth (talk) 02:38, 18 August 2008 (UTC)

Yes call me CBW if you like. Currently the GeoGroupTemplate only shows the the articles in the category and not in the sub-categories. It's probably more use to the editor than the reader. Except for the examples you pointed out I find it useful to see if any articles have badly formatted coordinates, using S instead of N for example. There are several maps using polar projection at commons:Category:Maps of the Arctic and commons:Category:Maps of the Arctic Ocean. However, they tend to show the entire region rather than select areas. CambridgeBayWeather Have a gorilla 05:53, 18 August 2008 (UTC)

Maps and Counttry Divisions re Arctic[edit]

There is currently a series of articles in our newspaper regarding scientific Arctic mapping, so it is under debate currently - a hot issue - as to who really owns the North Pole, and where the Arctic boundaries are. I will try to bring a synopsis of this series to the project / articles. There has been signed in Greenland a polar peace tract named the Ilulissat Declaration between government folk from Denmark, Canada, Russia, Norway and the U.S. Dr. Jacob Verhoef, is a Halifax federal scientist, leading this new mapping project on behalf of Canada (The Polar Continental Shelf Project). The ship sent out will scan in grids the ocean floor to determine the sea floor contours to see where the continental shelf travels under water. Currently it appears that the tradition has been a 370 kilometres (230 mi) economic zone determines offshore boundaries.[1] Also the ice melt has resulted in a United Nations treaty called the Convention on the Law of the Sea to settle territorial claims of The five countries with Arctic coastlines, U.S., Russia, Denmark, Norway and Canada. This treaty states that countries can claim the offshore area which extends to the edge of their continental shelf. Canada's claim must be given by 2013. [2]

  1. ^ Boswell, Randy; Mayeda, Andrew (Saturday August 16, 2008). "Arctic Ambitions Canada's Stake in the North - A new line on the Map - Scientists in vanguard of quest to claim seabed riches.". Canwest news service (in English) (Saskatoon Star Phoenix). pp. Weekend Extra E1. 
  2. ^ Boswell, Randy; Mayeda, Andrew (Saturday August 16, 2008). "Arctic Ambitions - Canada's stake in the North - Political will put to test - Arctic Sprawling mass of land and sea". Canwest news service (in English) (Saskatoon Star Phoenix). pp. Weekend Extra E10 –E11. 

SriMesh | talk 04:34, 18 August 2008 (UTC)

We do have Category:Government of the Arctic and Arctic Council and Arctic Ocean Conference and (as you noted) Ilulissat Declaration. We also have Territorial claims in the Arctic. What you have there could be added to the latter article at least, and maybe elsewhere. Carcharoth (talk) 07:44, 18 August 2008 (UTC)


Please see {{User Arctic Project}} - Cheers, Cirt (talk) 05:58, 18 August 2008 (UTC)

That is awesome!!SriMesh | talk 05:20, 19 August 2008 (UTC)


User:SriMesh has started constructing Portal:Arctic. Discussion could take place here or at Portal talk:Arctic, but might be best to wait and lett SriMesh get things up and running first. Carcharoth (talk) 12:15, 18 August 2008 (UTC)

Really I think the most important and useful thing to do at this stage of development is instead to tag as many articles as possible that are correlated/relevant with {{WikiProject Arctic}} - so far no one has been doing that. Cirt (talk) 12:20, 18 August 2008 (UTC)
Some people have. See the categories you created. But I'm hoping to get a bot to do that. I could tag a whole load or articles that are in the category tree, but why not get a list and let a bot do the tagging? Carcharoth (talk) 12:23, 18 August 2008 (UTC)
BTW, will the WP:1.0 bot automatically gather stats, or does someone have to notify them first? Carcharoth (talk) 12:25, 18 August 2008 (UTC)

Okay, if you say a bot could tag all the articles in those categories awesome - but would the bot also rate them all for quality/importance? To the second point, yes, from my experience the WP:1.0 bot automatically gathers stats. Cirt (talk) 12:28, 18 August 2008 (UTC)

The rating would depend if we want to assess independently of other projects. New ratings from scratch or trust the assessments made by others (who may have different considerations). The WP:1.0 bot does work automatically, but does someone need to tell it we exist? We also need to find a tagging bot... But first we need to avoid false-positives. Are there articles within the category tree that are borderline that we don't need to, or shouldn't, tag? Carcharoth (talk) 12:34, 18 August 2008 (UTC)
No, I think the WP:1.0 bot will just do it automatically. The main issue to figure out is this idea about a bot auto-rating and tagging based on the quality/importance ratings of other projects. Cirt (talk) 12:45, 18 August 2008 (UTC)

Article list[edit]

Per Carcharoth's bot request, I've made a list of likely articles at Wikipedia:WikiProject Arctic/Likely articles. For more information about how the list was generated and a version that can be easily uploaded into WP:AWB for tagging, see the subpage's talk page. Mr.Z-man 20:54, 18 August 2008 (UTC)

While Z-man created a nice script, I created a geoRegExing tool and using the expression =_*(66_[3-9]|66.[6-9]|6[7-9]|[7-9][0-9])[0-9_.]*_+M I get a slightly different list. ;-) — Dispenser 23:30, 23 August 2008 (UTC)
Would you be able to post the differences? Either on a new page or on a talk page or subpage? Carcharoth (talk) 06:03, 24 August 2008 (UTC)

Discussion of whether or not to keep {{Arctic-stub}}[edit]

Please see discussion of this, at Wikipedia:WikiProject Stub sorting/Discoveries/Log/2008/August#NEW DISCOVERIES. Thank you, Cirt (talk) 03:18, 19 August 2008 (UTC)

In a nutshell, do not tag Arctic geo stubs with {{Arctic-stub}}. --Rosiestep (talk) 15:45, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

Tagging articles[edit]

I think we have two possible lists. Wikipedia:WikiProject Arctic/Likely articles (for geographical stuff) and a not-yet-existing list to be generated from Category:Arctic. Could someone make an attempt at the latter, and also look at the former list (I removed a few, but some more checks would be good). Once we have a master list, we can get a bot to do some tagging. Though we also need to discuss whether we want the bot to copy existing assessments from other wikiprojects. Carcharoth (talk) 02:04, 23 August 2008 (UTC)

Category deletions[edit]

See Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2008 August 23#Category:Northernmost settlements and Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2008 August 23#Category:Settlements in the Arctic. CambridgeBayWeather Have a gorilla 13:50, 23 August 2008 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Community portal[edit]

Add the wikiprojectto the announcement section, when you'se are ready, if you want to enlist new volunteer to this new project. SriMesh | talk 03:27, 26 August 2008 (UTC)

Arctic settlements[edit]

After reading through Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2008 August 23#Category:Settlements in the Arctic I think that it would be best to sub-categorise them. Should it be Category:Settlements in the Arctic Circle whith Category:Russian settlements north of the Arctic Circle as suggested or some other name? CambridgeBayWeather Have a gorilla 15:48, 10 September 2008 (UTC)

Wikipedia 0.7 articles have been selected for Arctic[edit]

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Welcome template[edit]

I've noticed a slight problem with the welcome template. When you project it onto a user's talk page using the {{double brackets}}, the section header is projected also. The problem is that the section-edit button that is projected links to the template itself, rather than to that section of the user's talk page. It's only a minor inconvenience, but it confused me temporarily. If it briefly threw me off, a new user unfamiliar with wiki syntax could unintentionally screw up the template very easily. Lithoderm (talk) 02:04, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

I didn't do a thorough search but I found several others. Some such as the Wikipedia:WikiProject Novels/Outreach/Invite for the Aviation which like Wikipedia:WikiProject Arctic/Outreach/Invite has the same problem. Others I saw were set up like Wikipedia:WikiProject History/Outreach/Welcome and can be seen in use at User talk:EA210269#Welcome!. Those require that the section header be added separately. CambridgeBayWeather Have a gorilla 16:47, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
Also, it is somewhat tiresome to go to the template page and copy and paste it's name every time I use it. How about moving it to something like WikiProject Visual arts uses,{{Template:WPVA}}? You just have to type {{WPVA}}, and there it is:


WikiProject Visual arts

You are welcome to join WikiProject Visual arts, a collaboration between like-minded Wikipedians in order to improve visual arts coverage.

No section heading, you notice. Lithoderm (talk) 20:40, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

You could easily move the template towards something like Template:TAWP (The Arctic WikiProject); that way you would just need to use {{TAWP}}. Then, eliminate the header part (i.e. == An Invite to join Arctic WikiProject ==) in the source so that the template's edit link doesn't appear. Adding it manually shouldn't be much of a problem, since you already have the tedious task of adding your signature.
And as a side note, the extra space between the two lines of the current invitation/welcome template is a bit bothersome to me, and I think it would be nicer to reduce the code to something like the Visual arts one:

The Arctic WikiProject

Hi, you are graciously extended an invitation to join the Arctic WikiProject! The Arctic WikiProject is a fairly new WikiProject. We are a group of editors who are dedicated to creating, revising, and expanding articles, lists, categories, and Wikiprojects that relate with the Arctic.

We look forward to welcoming you to the project!

It's just a suggestion though. - Io Katai (talk) 02:20, 20 October 2008 (UTC)

Wow, I think that looks much better. I like the idea of replacing the bears- they're just too... I don't know. But it might be nice to have something a little more graphic as the image. The WPVA image is almost a logo. Any ideas? Lithoderm (talk) 02:33, 20 October 2008 (UTC)

Oh, I just changed the picture because the bear one's quality wasn't so great. But I do agree with you, that a graphic design would suit it much better. However, I don't quite have any real suggestions. Perhaps some arctic fauna, the ice cap, a glacier, mountains, ice, a view of the arctic circle... - Io Katai (talk) 01:03, 22 October 2008 (UTC)
WParctic possible logo.png

The Arctic WikiProject

Hi, WikiProject Arctic! In light of your recent contributions to Inuit, you are graciously extended an invitation to join the Arctic WikiProject. The Arctic WikiProject is a fairly new WikiProject. We are a group of editors who are dedicated to creating, revising, and expanding articles, lists, categories, and Wikiprojects that relate with the Arctic.

We look forward to welcoming you to the project!
Add your name to the list of particpants  · The Arctic Portal

I've fiddled with your design a bit, adding in the {{BASEPAGENAME}} variable, and a variable that allows you to specify the articles that they contributed to. This is somewhat more unwieldy than than simply typing Template:TAWP, but less so than the current design. {{subst:User:Lithoderm/Arctic_Welcome_template_exp|article=Inuit}}

How to use it is explained here, where I took the code from.

I just remembered that I'm an art student! As such, I tried my hand at photoshopping a map of the arctic circle, but digital art is really not my specialty...

Lithoderm (talk) 01:46, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

We could also put TAWP in the four corners of the design, or draw a cross through the map and have TAWP be like the compass rose... just ideas! Lithoderm (talk) 01:48, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

Hmm thanks, I've never really toyed around with templates much. As for the logo, just try all combinations to see which one fits best! I also attempted a vectorized version of your design, which you can see here. Although I made the borders smaller, so it doesn't show as well, but it can be easily edited for redesign this way. - Io Katai (talk) 02:52, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

Fjords of Canada[edit]

Can someone add any images to Fjords of Canada. Some may be relevant from List of waterfalls in Canada if the waterfall cascades down into the valley of the fjord. Check out the talk page of more items to help out with to fill out the article Fjords of Canada if you are familiar with the fjords of Nunavut. There are 7 fjords on Ellesmere Island, there are only 2 listed in the table. There are fjords on Baffin Island, what are their names? What are the names of the others? SriMesh | talk 03:31, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Hydrological geoengineering[edit]

Please comment on the talk page regarding above article deletion process.SriMesh | talk 05:10, 1 January 2009 (UTC)

Unnamed Canadian seas?[edit]

Does anyone know the name of the area of sea in Nunavut, Canada, (77°15′N 100°0′W / 77.250°N 100.000°W / 77.250; -100.000) roughly surrounded by: King Christian Island and Ellef Ringnes Island (to the north); Cornwall Island and Devon Island (to the east); Bathurst Island and Helena Island (to the south); and the Findlay Group (to the west)? I can't find what it's called anywhere - the usually excellent Atlas of Canada draws a blank. It could be unnamed of course, but that would surprise me - it's huge!
Similarly, in the Northwest Territories, the sea (76°45′N 112°0′W / 76.750°N 112.000°W / 76.750; -112.000) surrounded by: Mackenzie King Island (to the north); Hazen Strait (to the east); Hecla and Griper Bay (to the south); and Emerald Isle (to the west) is also unnamed.
Can anyone help? Bazonka (talk) 18:39, 21 January 2009 (UTC)

Just type in the neighboring placename into Geonames of Canada. After that placename is located, Click on the info link. When the info page comes up click on the radius link. Do a 20 kilomter search of nearby placenames, and voila! you should have your answer. Oops it didn't work with King Christian Island, Nunavut: nor with Ellef Ringnes Island, Nunavut: nor Cornwall this is not working...No voila  :-( And entering coordinates at geonames didn't work either. write them a letter. They want to make sure they have every placename in their database, and the note will help them and you to locate the missing sea. SriMesh | talk 07:26, 25 January 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for the advice SriMesh. I've sent them an email - I'll let you know if I get a reply. Bazonka (talk) 08:31, 25 January 2009 (UTC)
I have had a response: "We have checked our records and these particular bodies of waters are not named. They are surrounded by islands, bays and straits, which are named. Most of the names for the surrounding islands and various bodies of waters were officially approved in the 1920s and 1930s." I wonder if I can suggest some names... Bazonka (talk) 22:17, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
Just as a side-note, I checked a number of historical atlases of these areas from 1900 to 1962, and these bodies of water -- though in configuration, "seas" -- are not named in any atlas, nor in the large-scale Canadian Map Service maps I have. I think the reason is that the channels are, at least now and then, navigable, or necessary to define islands, but the "seas" being at least for now frozen 11/12 of the year, have not been conceived of as such. Clevelander96 (talk) 23:47, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
Regarding suggesting a name...for the sea near.... Cornwall Island (Nunavut)...Contact the local territory, ..Nunavut in this case.... Nunavut Government council....Phone this toll free number (email at bottom of pge) at Government of the NWT, Assembly As the establishment of names are a local matter in most regards. Nunavut Act 1993, c. 28 Kind regards and best of luck. SriMesh | talk 12:02, 30 January 2009 (UTC)
The other sea may need two have both governments contacted Nunavut and NWT The conatct for [ NWT dept of Environment and Natural Resources SriMesh | talk 12:09, 30 January 2009 (UTC)

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Canadian Arctic Expedition 1913-1916 (Stefansson, Karluk)[edit]

This is listed as Karluk voyage in the List of Arctic expeditions. There are a couple problems with this: first, there was a lot more to this expedition than the loss of the Karluk, and second, the Karluk article needs work itself. There may also be a POV issue. I do not know enough about the expedition to write much more than a stub. A lot has been written about it, most of which I have not read. Several of the participants have Wikipedia articles including Stefansson, Bartlett, Jenness, Wilkins. I just did an article on Olaf Swenson which put me onto this issue. Any suggestions? How much content should there be to start a stub? Am I right in thinking there would not be a concern with notability? Anybody want to collaborate?Dankarl (talk) 17:30, 22 May 2009 (UTC)

I suggest just changing the name of the expedition on the list page. The Karluk voyage doesn't exist as an article and is just a link to the ship. If you want to create a new stub on Canadian Arctic Expedition (1913-1916) that would be great. As a stub you need very little info to start it off just a couple of sentences will do. At least one reference would be good and maybe a url link to a reliable looking website which mentions the expedition. Add what you can and maybe someone else expand it. Polargeo (talk) 07:25, 23 May 2009 (UTC)

Nansen's Fram Expedition[edit]

I have completed a draft of this article - still polishing, refining the prose etc. Any comments on the talkpage would be welcome and appreciated. The article will probably go to WP:Peer Review next week, and comments will be welcome there, too. Brianboulton (talk) 00:16, 2 October 2009 (UTC)

Note - became a featured article on 28 October 2009. I have added it to the list on the project page. Brianboulton (talk) 01:12, 19 February 2010 (UTC)

Killer Whale - featured article review[edit]

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Global warming: proposal for discretionary sanctions[edit]

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Portal:Northwest Territories[edit]

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I have changed the userbox pic from polar bear to beluga whale. Belugaboy535136 contribs 21:58, 1 February 2010 (UTC)

Wouldn't it be better to keep the Polar Bear as the main userbox as its used more readily on flags and seals for arctic governments and is more recognized globally as the symbol of the arctic? The beluga whale has a smaller range than the polar bear who spans much further throughout the Greenland region. BaShildy (talk) 22:13, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
Please bear with quarreling about userbox pics. The reason why I did the Beluga whale is because Polar Bears span much further out of the Arctic than the beluga whale, which never gets more South than the Southern Coast of Greenland. Regards, Belugaboy535136 contribs 13:15, 3 February 2010 (UTC)
It really depends how you define Arctic. From a flora/fauna point of view the Arctic Circle is not as important as the tree line or the maximum/minimum extents of sea ice. I have also seen Beluga Whales at the southern end of Hudson Bay, hundreds of miles outside of the Arctic circle. Polargeo (talk) 14:09, 3 February 2010 (UTC)
It has nothing to do with the range of the animal. But its about a recognizable symbol of the Arctic and what is easily visible on a small userbox. Here are the two images at the size that would be used on the userbox; Beluga, Weißwal (Delphinapterus leucas).jpg Polar Bear 2004-11-15.jpg. I find it easier to distinguish the bear as opposed to the whale. I would also suspect that more people will recognize the bear over the beluga. While people may be able to tell it's a whale, but in that small a picture it could be a dolphin, they may be less likely to associate it with the Arctic. something lame from CBW 20:34, 3 February 2010 (UTC)
I could remake it a double-ID userbox if you'd like. Belugaboy535136 contribs 01:21, 4 February 2010 (UTC) I love belugas!!
Thanks but I suggest not. The polar bear is far more easily recognised than the beluga. Any editor unfamiliar with the arctic will see the polar bear and know what it is. Most editors who see a beluga will likely not know what it is, they may well think it is a dolphin. Now the one thing the beluga has in it's favour is that it is far tastier than a polar bear but that doesn't help with the userboxes. Polargeo (talk) 09:38, 4 February 2010 (UTC)
It's not the size of the picture so much as what others will associate with the Arctic. For example Common Raven and Arctic Hare are probably the most commonly seen creatures around here but I wouldn't think that most people would immediately associate them with the Arctic. And polar bear makes better eating than the beluga. something lame from CBW 17:58, 4 February 2010 (UTC)

Halkett boat[edit]

The article Halkett boat was promoted to FA status by the editor who started it, and those who contributed heavily to it. It's an interesting article, but not especially encyclopedic.

According to the process of reassessing FA status, I'm leaving notification here, and inviting wider comment.[1] Regards, Piano non troppo (talk) 09:33, 10 June 2010 (UTC)

Arctic articles have been selected for the Wikipedia 0.8 release[edit]

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Proposed deletion of Greenland (island)[edit]

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Name change for Arctic Shrinkage article[edit]

I'm trying to solicit suggestions, and to reach consensus, regarding a name change for the for the article Arctic Shrinkage, which is included in this WikiProject. I have proposed on the article's talk page that the article be renamed to Climate change in the Arctic, which would be consistent with other wikipedia article names (1, 2, etc). The term "Arctic shrinkage" seems to have been coined by wikipedia and does not appear to be a common name outside of wikipedia. For example, a google books search for "arctic shrinkage" returns 12 hits (excluding books mentioning wikipedia or Books LLC), whereas an equivalent search for "climate change in the Arctic" returns 1,150 hits; the same searches on google scholar similarly return 18 hits and 1,810 hits, respectively. This and other details are discussed on the article's talk page from this section to the bottom. A few days ago I placed a move notice on the article, and I plan to make a move request in a couple days. Since the page has received a lot of work from many users in the past (and I am relatively new to editing wikipedia), I am trying to be as careful as possible with this name change. Any comments on the article's talk page would be appreciated. I am also posting this note on WikiProject Environment. --Abc-mn-xyz (talk) 19:23, 4 April 2011 (UTC)

Right whale[edit]

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The world's most northerly ATM machine.jpg[edit]

image:The world's most northerly ATM machine.jpg has been nominated for deletion -- (talk) 05:16, 27 July 2013 (UTC)

{{Nordic Council}}[edit]

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{{West Nordic Council}}[edit]

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Requested move: Eskimo[edit]

There is a requested move discussion at Eskimo.--Labattblueboy (talk) 04:06, 22 November 2013 (UTC)

S. A. Andrée's Arctic Balloon Expedition of 1897's FAR[edit]

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