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Teacher Adam Smith returns from rare visit to Arctic Svalbard

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Adam Smith, a teacher at Hood River Middle School, spent seven days last month aboard a research vessel near Svalbard, an Arctic archipelago that is part of Norway.

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Walruses hang out on a Svalbard beach while Smith’s primary mode of transportation, the National Geographic Explorer, floats in the background.

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An Arctic fox peers from a rock face.

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The Austfonna ice cap, located on the island of Nordaustlandet, is the third-largest ice cap in the world.

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Colorful buildings offset the otherwise bleak landscape of Longyearbyen.

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