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Warming in the North Continues as Predicted

Warming in the North Continues as Predicted

Just outside my window here at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, workers are drilling into the asphalt of a parking lot using a truck-mounted rig. They twist a hollow bit 25 feet into the ground and pull up hard, clear evidence of why the blacktop is sinking. A…

Is Big Always Better? Maybe not

Is Big Always Better? Maybe not

Over the past 20 years, the South Olga Lakes on Kodiak Island has produced nearly half a million sockeye salmon per year on average. This fishery is historically one of the region’s most productive sockeye systems. But recently, its salmon wealth has plummeted, prompting calls for something to…

Pink Salmon — Too Much of a Good Thing?

Pink Salmon — Too Much of a Good Thing?

Of the five species of salmon that swim Alaska waters, the pink is by far the most plentiful. Some scientists think the fish is an overabundant predator that outcompetes other salmon and some seabirds. In the late 1990s, Japanese researchers noticed an intriguing pattern while studying in the…

Researchers Investigate the Correlation between Wind and Wave Height in the Arctic Ocean

Researchers Investigate the Correlation between Wind and Wave Height in the Arctic Ocean

An international research team led by Takuji Waseda, a professor of the University of Tokyo, Japan, has found…

Running Circles around the Land of No Night

Running Circles around the Land of No Night

All of a sudden, we are again the land of no night. Summer happens every year, but it…

Alaska Structures Crumble without Us

Alaska Structures Crumble without Us

In Alan Weisman’s book, “The World Without Us,” the author ponders “a world from which we all suddenly…

Along Alaska’s Pacific coast, early humans could have migrated to the Americas

Along Alaska’s Pacific coast, early humans could have migrated to the Americas

New dating of rocks and reanalysis of animal bones from islands along the shore of southeastern Alaska suggests…

Scientists Plan Study of Northern Cities’ Air Quality

Scientists Plan Study of Northern Cities’ Air Quality

Atmospheric scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have launched an effort to better understand urban air quality…

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