Svalbard polar bears, winter 1968-1969

In the 1968-1969 winter, four Dutch people spent the winter on Edgeøya island in the Arctic Svalbard archipelago, doing research on polar bears.

Paul van de Bosch and Hans Zoet then made this film, shown on Dutch TV in 1969.

This month, August 2015, is the start of again a, much bigger, Dutch expedition to Edgeøya, to study biodiversity there.

See also here.

As climate change accelerates polar bears may have to adapt their diet and replace seals with caribou and snow geese as an important food source, new research shows: here.

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