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Algae’s Athletic Role in Glacier Melt

Algae’s Athletic Role in Glacier Melt

Life exists everywhere you look. Even on glacier ice, home to inch-long worms, snow fleas, bacteria and algae. When gathered by the millions on the ice, algae cells can help make the water they need to survive. Alaska scientists recently studied this living agent of glacier melt. “If…

Wolves a Defining Part of Alaska Landscape

Wolves a Defining Part of Alaska Landscape

The wolf tracks appeared as they always do, as a surprise. On a day between fall and winter, with the leaves fallen and browning but the ground not yet hard, I was walking with my dog and an a.m. radio. We were descending a four-wheeler trail on a…

EarthScope’s Transportable Array now Spans Alaska, the Last Frontier

EarthScope’s Transportable Array now Spans Alaska, the Last Frontier

Seismic station A19K, it’s called, and it’s now at the edge of an abandoned airstrip far above the Arctic Circle. The nearest population center is 127 miles northeast in Utqiaġvik (formerly known as Barrow), the northernmost city in the United States. What a way to celebrate Earth Science…

Researchers Take on Atmospheric Effects of Arctic Snowmelt

Researchers Take on Atmospheric Effects of Arctic Snowmelt

Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute are exploring the changing chemistry of the Arctic’s atmosphere…

Finding Far-North Lynx Den Part of Cycle Study

Finding Far-North Lynx Den Part of Cycle Study

In her study of one of the farthest north lynx populations in North America this summer, Claire Montgomerie…

Bering Sea Blues

Bering Sea Blues

This week NOAA Fisheries scientists hope to witness the changing colors of the Bering Sea as they investigate…

Turning on the Aurora Switch with HAARP

Turning on the Aurora Switch with HAARP

People travel north from all over for a chance to see the aurora. Soon, Chris Fallen will make…

Slicing a 20,000 Year-Old Mammoth Tusk

Slicing a 20,000 Year-Old Mammoth Tusk

In his job as a university machinist, Dale Pomraning has built and fixed earthquake detectors and aurora rockets.…

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