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The polar regions and their uniquely adapted wildlife are particularly at risk from climate change and global warming, as this previously frozen world starts to thaw. In the Arctic the lack of pack ice makes the survival of species such as polar bear and walrus more difficult, whilst rising sea temperatures and melting ice sheets in Antarctica threaten the breeding grounds of penguins and seals and the populations of fish and marine invertebrates on which they depend for food.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) sow jumping while hunting for seals on sea ice, off the coast of Svalbard, Norway - Steven Kazlowski
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Steven Kazlowski / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) sow jumping while hunting for seals on sea ice, off the coast of Svalbard, Norway
Fisheye view of Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) colony resting, Vaygach Island, Arctic, Russia, July - Olga Kamenskaya
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Olga Kamenskaya / Fisheye view of Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) colony resting, Vaygach Island, Arctic, Russia, July
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) on an iceberg, Baffin Bay, Canada. September. - Rick Price
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Rick Price / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) on an iceberg, Baffin Bay, Canada. September.
King penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) Trollheim South Georgia, January. - David Tipling
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David Tipling / King penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) Trollheim South Georgia, January.
Crabeater seal under ice {Lobodon carcinaphagus} Antarctica - Doug Allan
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Doug Allan / Crabeater seal under ice {Lobodon carcinaphagus} Antarctica
Aerial view of ice pressure ridges at edge of Neumayer Glacier, South Georgia, Antarctica, December 2006 - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Aerial view of ice pressure ridges at edge of Neumayer Glacier, South Georgia, Antarctica, December 2006
Gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) waling across snow, Antarctica. - Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) waling across snow, Antarctica.
Male Killer whale (Orcinus orca) hunting along the floe edge by Mount Erebus. Ross Sea, Antarctica. - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Male Killer whale (Orcinus orca) hunting along the floe edge by Mount Erebus. Ross Sea, Antarctica.
Southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina), fight between two males, Saint Andrew, South Georgia. - Sylvain Cordier
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Sylvain Cordier / Southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina), fight between two males, Saint Andrew, South Georgia.
Aerial view of the top of Neumayer Glacier showing moraine, South Georgia, Antarctica, December 2006 - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Aerial view of the top of Neumayer Glacier showing moraine, South Georgia, Antarctica, December 2006
Wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans), engaged in mating display. South Georgia Island, Southern Ocean. - Chris & Monique Fallows
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Chris & Monique Fallows / Wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans), engaged in mating display. South Georgia Island, Southern Ocean.
Aerial view of ice ridges near the front of Peters Glacier, South Georgia, Antarctica, December 2006 - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Aerial view of ice ridges near the front of Peters Glacier, South Georgia, Antarctica, December 2006
Aerial view of sea ice around Snow Hill Island, showing small group of Emperor Penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) Antarctica, Novmeber - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Aerial view of sea ice around Snow Hill Island, showing small group of Emperor Penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) Antarctica, Novmeber
Aerial view of Transantarctic  mountains, taken en route  from the South Pole to Union Glacier.  Mount Vinson, the highest mountain in the Antarctic in background. - Sue Flood
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Sue Flood / Aerial view of Transantarctic mountains, taken en route from the South Pole to Union Glacier. Mount Vinson, the highest mountain in the Antarctic in background.
Aerial view of the River Onyx, the only running river in Antarctica, Dry Valleys, December 2009. Taken on location for the BBC series, Frozen Planet. - Jeff Wilson
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Jeff Wilson / Aerial view of the River Onyx, the only running river in Antarctica, Dry Valleys, December 2009. Taken on location for the BBC series, Frozen Planet.
A large archway in a naturally carved iceberg, Antarctic Peninsula. - Onne van der Wal
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Onne van der Wal / A large archway in a naturally carved iceberg, Antarctic Peninsula.
Icefields in the mountains above Drygalski Fjord, South Georgia. - Onne van der Wal
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Onne van der Wal / Icefields in the mountains above Drygalski Fjord, South Georgia.
Taylor dry valley with small glacier spilling into the sea, Asgard Range, Ross Sea, Antarctica - Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Taylor dry valley with small glacier spilling into the sea, Asgard Range, Ross Sea, Antarctica
Tide crack in ice, Antarctica - Fred Olivier
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Fred Olivier / Tide crack in ice, Antarctica
Aerial view of ice ridges at front of Peters Glacier, King Haakon Bay, South Georgia, Antarctica, December 2006 - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Aerial view of ice ridges at front of Peters Glacier, King Haakon Bay, South Georgia, Antarctica, December 2006
Waves crashing against ice cliffs of iceberg off the southern tip of South Georgia Island in wind storm, Southern Ocean, Antarctic Convergence, November 2008 - Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Waves crashing against ice cliffs of iceberg off the southern tip of South Georgia Island in wind storm, Southern Ocean, Antarctic Convergence, November 2008
Glacier rising up out of sea ice with ice crack visible, Ross Sea, Antarctica, November 2008 - Neil Lucas
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Neil Lucas / Glacier rising up out of sea ice with ice crack visible, Ross Sea, Antarctica, November 2008
Icebergs off the Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, February 2009, Taken on location for BBC Frozen Planet series - Kathryn Jeffs
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Kathryn Jeffs / Icebergs off the Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, February 2009, Taken on location for BBC Frozen Planet series
Adelie penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) on ice floe, Antarctica.  Taken on location for BBC Frozen Planet series, January 2009 - Kathryn Jeffs
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Kathryn Jeffs / Adelie penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) on ice floe, Antarctica. Taken on location for BBC Frozen Planet series, January 2009
Calm conditions with sea ice in the Lemaire Channel. Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, December. - Brent Stephenson
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Brent Stephenson / Calm conditions with sea ice in the Lemaire Channel. Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, December.
Snow carved by wind, Signy Island, South Orkney Islands, Antarctica. Freeze Frame book plate page 14. - Doug Allan
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Doug Allan / Snow carved by wind, Signy Island, South Orkney Islands, Antarctica. Freeze Frame book plate page 14.
Snow drift over winter sea ice. Signy Island, South Orkney Islands, Antarctica, August 1980. Freeze Frame book plate page 13. - Doug Allan
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Doug Allan / Snow drift over winter sea ice. Signy Island, South Orkney Islands, Antarctica, August 1980. Freeze Frame book plate page 13.
Gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) collecting stone to build the nest,  Brown Bluff, Antarctic Peninsula - Sylvain Cordier
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Sylvain Cordier / Gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) collecting stone to build the nest, Brown Bluff, Antarctic Peninsula
Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) jumping off ice Antarctica - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) jumping off ice Antarctica
Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) in snowstorm, Antarctica - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) in snowstorm, Antarctica
Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) commuting flock climbing snowy slope, Couverville Island, Antarctica - Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) commuting flock climbing snowy slope, Couverville Island, Antarctica
Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) in snow, on pair singing, courtship. Antarctica - Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) in snow, on pair singing, courtship. Antarctica
Gentoo Penguin chicks (2-week) {Pygoscelis papua} begging parent for food, Falkland Island. - Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Gentoo Penguin chicks (2-week) {Pygoscelis papua} begging parent for food, Falkland Island.
Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) chicks chasing parent for food, Dunbar Island, Falkland Islands - Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) chicks chasing parent for food, Dunbar Island, Falkland Islands
Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis Papua) on an iceberg off the western Antarctic Peninsula, Southern Ocean - Steven Kazlowski
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Steven Kazlowski / Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis Papua) on an iceberg off the western Antarctic Peninsula, Southern Ocean
Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis Papua) sliding down glacial ice on the western Antarctic Peninsula, Southern Ocean - Steven Kazlowski
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Steven Kazlowski / Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis Papua) sliding down glacial ice on the western Antarctic Peninsula, Southern Ocean
Gentoo Penguin {Pygoscelis papua} chick begging parent for food, Antarctica - Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Gentoo Penguin {Pygoscelis papua} chick begging parent for food, Antarctica
Gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) group on iceberg, one calling, Mikkelsen Harbour, Antarctica - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) group on iceberg, one calling, Mikkelsen Harbour, Antarctica
Gentoo Penguins (Pygoscelis papua) porpoising on the way back to the breeding colony. Port Lockroy, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, January. - Brent Stephenson
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Brent Stephenson / Gentoo Penguins (Pygoscelis papua) porpoising on the way back to the breeding colony. Port Lockroy, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, January.
Three Gentoo Penguins (Pygoscelis papua) standing at the edge of sea ice. Antarctic Peninsula, January. Book plate from Mark Carwardine's Ultimate Wildlife Experiences. - Mark Carwardine
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Mark Carwardine / Three Gentoo Penguins (Pygoscelis papua) standing at the edge of sea ice. Antarctic Peninsula, January. Book plate from Mark Carwardine's Ultimate Wildlife Experiences.
Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) coming in from the sea, Cuverville Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica - Ben Cranke,Ben  Cranke
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Ben Cranke,Ben Cranke / Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) coming in from the sea, Cuverville Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
Tail fluke of a Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) diving, Deception Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, February - Gabriel Rojo
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Gabriel Rojo / Tail fluke of a Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) diving, Deception Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, February
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) about to dive showing arched tail stock. Drake Passage, near the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica, December. - Brent Stephenson
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Brent Stephenson / Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) about to dive showing arched tail stock. Drake Passage, near the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica, December.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaengliae) surfacing, Wilhelmina Bay, Gerlache Strait. Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica. - Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaengliae) surfacing, Wilhelmina Bay, Gerlache Strait. Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica.
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) pod cooperative bubble-net feeding, Frederick Sound, Alaska - Paul Souders/ Worldfoto
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Paul Souders/ Worldfoto / Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) pod cooperative bubble-net feeding, Frederick Sound, Alaska
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) pair bubble net feeding, Grandidier Passage, western Antarctica - Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott / Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) pair bubble net feeding, Grandidier Passage, western Antarctica
Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) surfacing and feeding in the waters off the western Antarctic Peninsula, Southern Ocean - Steven Kazlowski
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Steven Kazlowski / Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) surfacing and feeding in the waters off the western Antarctic Peninsula, Southern Ocean
Whales footprint, left after surfacing by Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) feeding on Krill in Wilhelmena Bay, Antarctic Peninsula - Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Whales footprint, left after surfacing by Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) feeding on Krill in Wilhelmena Bay, Antarctic Peninsula
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