PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryLONDON, United Kingdom
Photo Date2015 NOV
Entry Description

Ny-Ålesund is situated on the 79°N parallel (79th parallel north) on Svalbard Archipelago, which makes it the most northerly civilian settlement in the world. It is unique and one of the most peculiar places on earth, housing the largest laboratory for modern Arctic research in existence alongside a predominant population who are research scientists. This unique collective of men and women become the inquisitive global ambassadors for the many countries they represent.Even though the settlement is located away from major sources of human pollution, the atmospheric circulation brings air from Europe and North America into the region. This creates a unique environment on two counts: firstly for the observation of post global warming conditions and secondly in creating a concentration of international scientific research and collaboration between nations.Even-though there are many rules and regulations in Svalbard to protect the wildlife and preserve environment, one can see the human activity trough the scientific instruments, which are gradually becoming part of the landscape.

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