Snow or Ice The low snowfall this month has been a disappointment in many areas. But in the north if you cannot travel by snow, you travel by ice. The conditions in Kilpisjärvi, Finland (see feature article) are ideal for long distance skating. This story reminded me of another from February of 2018. The 'Sounds of Skating' video features a Swedish mathematician that applies science and local knowledge to determine the ideal ice conditions for skating on thin ice and for making the river sing. Enjoy! Mike Brubaker, Editor
Scientists measured 16 centimeters of snow in Kilpisjärvi on Thursday, which is far less than the average depth of 39 centimeters for this time of year, according to Siiskonen. Less of the white stuff than usual, creating unusual opportunities for long-distance skating enthusiasts.
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December 11, 2020
Russian authorities are investigating the mysterious death of nearly 300 endangered seals that had been discovered washed up on the shores of the Caspian Sea. 272 dead Caspian seals have been found at a number of locations in the southern region of Dagestan.
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