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This summer's Arctic Ocean experiences of Dennis Darby, a paleoclimatologist on the Old Dominion University faculty, can be followed by visiting http://sci.odu.edu/oceanography/directory/faculty/darby/2007_Lomonosov.shtml.

He is participating in an International Polar Year (IPY) expedition called LOMROG because it involves bottom mapping, coring and "dirty ice" collection along the submerged Lomonosov Ridge off Greenland. The 1,200-mile ridge runs from the central Siberian continental shelf, through the North Pole, and to just north of Greenland.

Darby is aboard the Swedish icebreaker Oden, which began the five-week research cruise from Tromso, Norway, on Aug. 12. The expedition is sponsored by Sweden, as well as Denmark.

Also participating in the expedition is the ultra-modern, nuclear-powered Russian icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Freedom), which will be making its maiden voyage to the Arctic and North Pole.

This article was posted on: August 21, 2007

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