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Finally we are in Alert! We arrived May 2 on the C-130 from Thule on a beautiful sunny day, with temperatures around -8°C. Alert is the northern-most human outpost in the world, at a latitude of 82.5°N, only about 750 km (470 miles) from the North Pole. It’s on the northern coast of Ellesmere Island, Canada, just to the “left” (west) of northern Greenland. Until a few years ago it was in the Northwest Territory (“NWT” in the photo), but now the eastern portion of NWT has been carved out to form the new province of Nunavut. As in Thule, people have put up home-made signs that say “XX miles to XX.” It’s 2720 kilometers to Toronto.

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