July 18: Ward Hunt Ice Shelf...or bust!

"No news is good news" is the mantra of the Hardy family. The last e-mail I received on Wednesday said "everyone is running to catch the plane". While we wait for LIVE blog coverage, I've prepared a snapshot summary of their assumed location. Happy Birthday dear Flaam who celebrated her 17th birthday yesterday in the Arctic circle - 500 miles from the North Pole. Mary Hardy

Ward Hunt Ice Shelf is located on the northern side of Ellesmere Island (French: Île d'Ellesmere) is part of the Qikiqtaaluk Region of the Canadian territory of Nunavut. Lying within the Canadian Arctic Archipelago it is considered part of the Queen Elizabeth Islands, with Cape Columbia being the most northerly point of land in Canada. It comprises an area of 196,235 km² (75,767 sq mi), making it the world's tenth largest island and Canada's third largest island.

It is separated from NW Greenland by a narrow passage. The island's coast is indented by deep fjords. The interior plateau rises more than 2,000 ft (610 m) above sea level; the United States Ranges, in the north, are c.11,000 ft (3,350 m) high. An ice cap covers much of the island's east side. In snow-free areas vegetation supports large herds of musk oxen. There are scientific stations and some Inuit (Eskimo) settlements on the island. First sighted by the British explorer William Baffin in 1616, Ellesmere Island was explored in the latter half of the 19th cent. Since the 1950s the island has been the site of many glaciological, geological, and geographical expeditions. http://www.answers.com/topic/ellesmere-island?cat=travel