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The Northwest Passage started in Provideniya, traversed back through
      the Bering Strait between Big Diomede Island (Russia) and Little
      Diomede (United States.)
      We first visited Wrangel Island, a protected game reserve since 1974
      that has the largest wintering population of denning bears. On
      Wrangel, we met Nikita, a Russian polar bear expert and an almost
      permanent resident of the island. He showed us the denning sites
      and was very helpful in showing us the island (he was a good friend
      of Dan Guravich’s who led us on a tour of polar bear country in
      Churchill in 1991.)
      We then headed into the pack ice, an area where fifty-one ships were
      trapped during the winter of 1983.

       Wrangel Island
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