National Geographic : 2009 Apr
• Svalbard's ecosystem links sky, sea, and shore. Dovekies (above) dive for copepods and nest on rocky slopes. The guano and carcasses that the flocks deposit on land fertilize a mossy garden, ideal lurking ground for the arctic fox. This hunter preys on puffins (top right) and other birds and eggs to feed her pups. In winter she scours snowy terrain for scraps. Nutrients also wash off the shore and drop from the sky into the ocean, nourishing vibrant anemones and soft corals (bottom right).