VIDEO: Franz Josef Land is the northernmost archipelago in the world, only 560 miles (900 kilometers) from the North Pole in the Russian Arctic. It is uninhabited by humans—except for a few scientists working in the nature reserve—and the wildlife population is robust. The rugged environment is home to thousands of walruses, whales and polar bears.
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Find out more about the Pristine Seas expedition to Franz Josef Land—in collaboration with Russkaya Arktika National Park, the Russian Geographical Society, and National Geographic—in the National Geographic magazine feature article: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/08/franz-josef-land/quammen-text
Pristine Seas Expedition: http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/explore/pristine-seas/franz-josef-land/
Click here to read more about Cory Richards: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/bios/cory-richards-bio/
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This video was adapted from the television show Behind Russia’s Frozen Curtain on NatGeo WILD, edited by Neil Gelinas: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/destination-wild/episodes/behind-russias-frozen-curtain/
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