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Fin whale carcass the bears have been feeding on for the past year.

Via Iceland to Svalbard by buen viaje on Flickr.

Wind blown Juniper on the island El Hierro, Canary Islands. Via

The video shows the oddly chosen yet strategically significant Svalbard, Norway, which is located in the Arctic circle. Many strange things continue to happen here.

It’s one of the world’s major climate research sites, where scientists measure the impacts from climate changes. The bizarre Svalbard Global Seed vault is also located here.

Oddly, from about 1944 to the mid-60s, millions and millions of tons of pollutive coal continuously burned in open pits - the military left the island during the end of WW-II and forgot to put the fires out. Even stranger is that a handful of German troops were the last soldiers to surrender WW-II, four months after the war had ended.

Svalbard has a truly strange history. The ice has been melting across the islands as well as across the North Pole. This opened up new and fabled shipping routes and has governments scrambling to chop up the newly exposed lands for natural resources, such as coal, gold, and diamonds.

After Russia planted a flag on the sea floor to claim land in the North Pole for mining natural resources, America, Russia, Canada, and Denmark increased their military presence in the north.

Watch the above video to see and hear why this place is so special to humanity.

Sony World Photography Awards 2011 - open shortlist: Nature and Wildlife: Antoine Beyeler, Switzerland. “This is as kitsch a bear as it gets, but real ice, real sky and, most importantly, real wild polar bear in its actual habitat - Svalbard.”

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