Photograph by Andy Mann
In July-August 2013, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Enric Sala led a Pristine Seas expedition to Franz Josef Land in collaboration with Russkaya Arktika National Park, the Russian Geographical Society, and National Geographic. An international group of scientists and filmmakers assessed how pristine the ocean-land ecosystem is and compared its current state with historical scientific baselines and photographs obtained by explorers in the late 1800s.
The scientific results of the expedition will inform the management and conservation of this Russian Arctic jewel. In addition, National Geographic will produce a documentary film to showcase the natural wonders of Franz Josef Land and the efforts of Russian authorities to preserve this unique area's globally significant biodiversity and historical value.
Read more in National Geographic magazine: Russia’s Franz Josef Land Archipelago
- Close Encounter with a Polar Bear
- Franz Josef Land Expedition: Amazing Facts
- Franz Josef Land Expedition: First Look at Post-Expedition Discoveries
- Franz Josef Land Expedition: Surviving the Life Aquatic
- Franz Josef Land Expedition: What We’ve Accomplished So Far
- Franz Josef Land Expedition: …And Then There Was This Other Iceberg
- Franz Josef Land Expedition: Visions Above and Below the Icy Waves
- Franz Josef Land Expedition: The Underwater Colors of the Arctic
- Franz Josef Land Expedition: Camaraderie, Collaboration, and New Discoveries
- Franz Josef Land Expedition: A Closer Look at Russia’s Arctic National Park
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