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Exploring the Depths of the 'Hidden' Arctic Ocean

Researchers call it the Hidden Ocean. It's the deepest part of the Arctic Ocean, north of Alaska. More than a mile deep, it is locked in ice most of the year. Now, an international team of more than 40 scientists is probing the Hidden Ocean, working from a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker. NPR's Richard Harris recently spent some time with the expedition and sent back this audio postcard from the sea ice.

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Award-winning journalist Richard Harris has reported on a wide range of topics in science, medicine and the environment since he joined NPR in 1986. In early 2014, his focus shifted from an emphasis on climate change and the environment to biomedical research.