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A vanishing world

We are likely to see an intensification of current conflicts over how best to preserve these animals’ dwindling populations: with conservationists in one corner squaring up to the sport and fur hunters in the other, indigenous people are often caught uncomfortably in the middle.

*Clockwise, from top*: caribou migrate across the tundra in summer, Hudson Bay, Canada; an Atlantic walrus lounges on Svalbard’s pack ice; a polar bear distributes his weight so as not to fall through thin ice, Cape Churchill, Canada; a typical Greenland landscape; Musk Ox form a defensive line, Banks Island, Canada.

Caribou migrate across the tundra in summer, Hudson Bay, Canada.

Photo by: Bryan and Cherry Alexander

An Atlantic walrus lounges on Svalbard’s pack ice.

Photo by: Bryan and Cherry Alexander

A polar bear distributes his weight so as not to fall through thin ice, Cape Churchill, Canada.

Photo by: Bryan and Cherry Alexander

A typical Greenland landscape.

Photo by: McPhoto / Still Pictures

Musk Ox form a defensive line, Banks Island, Canada.

Photo by: Bryan and Cherry Alexander