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Vast swathes of Russia are located north of the Arctic Circle, a region rich in minerals and natural resources. The most biodiverse area is Wrangel Island, which sits in the Arctic Ocean, between the Chukchi Sea and East Siberian Sea. The island and surrounding waters are a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site and a federally protected nature sanctuary, as the island acts an important nesting site for hundreds of migratory species of bird, and a significant feeding ground for migrating grey whales. It is also home to the highest density of polar bear dens anywhere in the world, and is believed to be the last place on Earth where mammoths survived.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) walking along coast of Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, October. - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) walking along coast of Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, October.
Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) running in snowy landscape with mountains behind, Wrangel Island, Far East Russia, May. - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) running in snowy landscape with mountains behind, Wrangel Island, Far East Russia, May.
Spherical stone on Champ Island, Franz Josef Land, Russia, July 2004. - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Spherical stone on Champ Island, Franz Josef Land, Russia, July 2004.
Musk ox (Ovibos moschatus) portrait, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia. - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Musk ox (Ovibos moschatus) portrait, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia.
Aerial view of pack ice off the coast of Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, July 2012. - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Aerial view of pack ice off the coast of Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, July 2012.
Arctic fox ( Vulpes lagopus) in snow, Wrangel Island, Far East Russia, May - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Arctic fox ( Vulpes lagopus) in snow, Wrangel Island, Far East Russia, May
Chukchi men resting their Huskies (Canis familiaris) during hunting trip. Chukotskiy Peninsula, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia. - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Chukchi men resting their Huskies (Canis familiaris) during hunting trip. Chukotskiy Peninsula, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
Khanty herder standing on sled, with Reindeer / Caribou (Rangifer tarandus). Khanty Mansiysk, Western Siberia, Russia, 2000. - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Khanty herder standing on sled, with Reindeer / Caribou (Rangifer tarandus). Khanty Mansiysk, Western Siberia, Russia, 2000.
Nenets boy pulling younger child on a sled. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia, 2001. - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Nenets boy pulling younger child on a sled. Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia, 2001.
Nenets herder selecting draught Reindeer / Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) from a corral. Yamal, Siberia, Russia, 1993. - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Nenets herder selecting draught Reindeer / Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) from a corral. Yamal, Siberia, Russia, 1993.
Driving Reindeer / Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) across tundra at sunset. Khanty Mansiysk, Western Siberia, Russia, 2000. - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Driving Reindeer / Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) across tundra at sunset. Khanty Mansiysk, Western Siberia, Russia, 2000.
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) sub-adult male on cliff  searching for eggs in Brunnich's Guillemot nests, as gulls look on from above. This unusual behaviour happens when when lack of sea-ice prevents t... - Jenny E. Ross
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Jenny E. Ross / Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) sub-adult male on cliff searching for eggs in Brunnich's Guillemot nests, as gulls look on from above. This unusual behaviour happens when when lack of sea-ice prevents t...
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) mother with three very young cubs, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, March. - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) mother with three very young cubs, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, March.
Chukchi girls, with their family's ancestral clan mark painted in reindeer blood on their face, a ritual during the Chukchi 'Festival of the Young Reindeer' during which young reindeer are sacrificed.... - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Chukchi girls, with their family's ancestral clan mark painted in reindeer blood on their face, a ritual during the Chukchi 'Festival of the Young Reindeer' during which young reindeer are sacrificed....
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) silhouetted against setting sun, Bernard Spit, off the 1002 Area, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope, Alaska, USA, October. Vulnerable species. - Steven Kazlowski
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Steven Kazlowski / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) silhouetted against setting sun, Bernard Spit, off the 1002 Area, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope, Alaska, USA, October. Vulnerable species.
Musk ox (Ovibos moschatus) portrait, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, March. - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Musk ox (Ovibos moschatus) portrait, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, March.
Musk oxen (Ovibos moschatus) Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, March. - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Musk oxen (Ovibos moschatus) Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, March.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) on beach, silhouetted at sunset, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, October. - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) on beach, silhouetted at sunset, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, October.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) walking along beach with another behind, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, September. - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) walking along beach with another behind, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, September.
Matachingay River valley in autumn colour with mountains of the Chukotsky Range in the background in late afternoon light. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia, August 2013. - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Matachingay River valley in autumn colour with mountains of the Chukotsky Range in the background in late afternoon light. Iultinsky District, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia, August 2013.
Musk ox (Ovibos moschatus) group of three in habitat, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, September. - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Musk ox (Ovibos moschatus) group of three in habitat, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, September.
Arctic foxes (Vulpes lagopus) juveniles playing, silhouetted at sunset, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, August. - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Arctic foxes (Vulpes lagopus) juveniles playing, silhouetted at sunset, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, August.
Boreal Forest trees in autumn colour, aspen, birch and willow, reflected in the River Taz, Krasnoselkup, Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Boreal Forest trees in autumn colour, aspen, birch and willow, reflected in the River Taz, Krasnoselkup, Yamal, Western Siberia, Russia
Old house covered in snow with setting sun, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, March 2011. - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Old house covered in snow with setting sun, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, March 2011.
Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) standing nest to Reindeer skull, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, August. - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) standing nest to Reindeer skull, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, August.
Natacha Serotetto, portrait of Nenet herder in winter coat of reindeer fur. The collar is arctic fox fur with black beaver fur straps and felt ribbons. Yar-Sale district, Yamal, Northwest Siberia, Rus... - Eric Baccega
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Eric Baccega / Natacha Serotetto, portrait of Nenet herder in winter coat of reindeer fur. The collar is arctic fox fur with black beaver fur straps and felt ribbons. Yar-Sale district, Yamal, Northwest Siberia, Rus...
Arctic foxes (Vulpes lagopus) juveniles playing, biting tail,  Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, August. - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Arctic foxes (Vulpes lagopus) juveniles playing, biting tail, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, August.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) female two cubs, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, September. - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) female two cubs, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, September.
Snow goose (Chen caerulescens caerulescens) with chicks, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, June. - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Snow goose (Chen caerulescens caerulescens) with chicks, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, June.
Snow geese (Chen caerulescens caerulescens) pair with chicks at nest,  Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, June. - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Snow geese (Chen caerulescens caerulescens) pair with chicks at nest, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, June.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) on drifting pack ice, Wrangel Island, Far East Russia, September. - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) on drifting pack ice, Wrangel Island, Far East Russia, September.
Northern lights (Aurora borealis) over a Nenets herders' camp. Yamal Peninsula, Western Siberia, Russia, 2001. - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Northern lights (Aurora borealis) over a Nenets herders' camp. Yamal Peninsula, Western Siberia, Russia, 2001.
Musk ox (Ovibos moschatus) two in habitat, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, October. - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Musk ox (Ovibos moschatus) two in habitat, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, October.
Young Chukchi reindeer herder dragging firewood back to camp on his sled. Chukotskiy Peninsula, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia, spring 2010 - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Young Chukchi reindeer herder dragging firewood back to camp on his sled. Chukotskiy Peninsula, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia, spring 2010
A herd of reindeer being gathered at their winter pastures on the tundra near Tambey. Yamal Peninsula, Western Siberia, Russia, March 2011 - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / A herd of reindeer being gathered at their winter pastures on the tundra near Tambey. Yamal Peninsula, Western Siberia, Russia, March 2011
Mural of native Chukchi woman on appartment block in Anadyr. Chukotka, Siberia, Russia, spring 2010 - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Mural of native Chukchi woman on appartment block in Anadyr. Chukotka, Siberia, Russia, spring 2010
Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, the largest wooden cathedral in the World. Anadyr, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia, 2010 - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, the largest wooden cathedral in the World. Anadyr, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia, 2010
Chukchi man rounding up herd of Reindeer / caribou (Rangifer tarandus) near their winter pastures on the Chukotskiy Peninsula. Chukotka, Siberia, Russia, spring 2010 - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Chukchi man rounding up herd of Reindeer / caribou (Rangifer tarandus) near their winter pastures on the Chukotskiy Peninsula. Chukotka, Siberia, Russia, spring 2010
Remnants from expedition of Walter Wellmann, From Cape Tegethoff , Franz Josef Land, Arctic Russia, July 2004. - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Remnants from expedition of Walter Wellmann, From Cape Tegethoff , Franz Josef Land, Arctic Russia, July 2004.
Chukchi herder leading two of his draught Reindeer / caribou (Rangifer tarandus). Chukotskiy Peninsula, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia, spring 2010 - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Chukchi herder leading two of his draught Reindeer / caribou (Rangifer tarandus). Chukotskiy Peninsula, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia, spring 2010
Portrait of Reindeer / caribou (Rangifer tarandus) at winter pastures on the Chukotskiy Peninsula. Chukotka, Siberia, Russia. - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Portrait of Reindeer / caribou (Rangifer tarandus) at winter pastures on the Chukotskiy Peninsula. Chukotka, Siberia, Russia.
Yupik Eskimo hunter seal hunting with his dog (Canis familiaris) at the floe edge in Tkachen Bay. Chukotskiy Peninsula, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia, 2010 - Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Yupik Eskimo hunter seal hunting with his dog (Canis familiaris) at the floe edge in Tkachen Bay. Chukotskiy Peninsula, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia, 2010
Bruennich's guillemots (Uria lomvia) Rubini Rock basalt cliff, Franz Josef Land, Russian Arctic, July. - Pal Hermansen
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Pal Hermansen / Bruennich's guillemots (Uria lomvia) Rubini Rock basalt cliff, Franz Josef Land, Russian Arctic, July.
Underwater view of the fins of the diver entering the dive hole, known as maina, Arctic circle Dive Center, White Sea, Karelia, northern Russia - Franco Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Underwater view of the fins of the diver entering the dive hole, known as maina, Arctic circle Dive Center, White Sea, Karelia, northern Russia
Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) juveniles play fighting, Wrangel Island, Far East Russia, August. - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) juveniles play fighting, Wrangel Island, Far East Russia, August.
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) skulls on pole on beach, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia. September 2010. - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) skulls on pole on beach, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia. September 2010.
Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) in winter fur, licking nose, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, October. - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) in winter fur, licking nose, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, October.
Musk ox (Ovibos moschatus) herd, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, March. - Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Musk ox (Ovibos moschatus) herd, Wrangel Island, Far Eastern Russia, March.
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