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Village Visit with the Northern Lights

Village Visit with the Northern Lights

NUIQSUT — Snow whips through the streets, stinging the skin and piling up in dunes. It is springtime in Nuiqsut, blinding white, 1 degree Fahrenheit with a 30 mile-per-hour wind. A few dozen kids are not feeling the bite, as they play in the gym of the Nuiqsut…

Alaska Hot Springs, Far and Wide

Alaska Hot Springs, Far and Wide

KANUTI HOT SPRINGS — After a few hours of skiing through deep snow, Forest Wagner and I smelled a tuna sandwich. We knew we were closing in on warm pools of water. From the frozen Kanuti River, we moved along an open stream up toward Kanuti Hot Springs,…

Alaska Creatures without Us

Alaska Creatures without Us

In Alan Weisman’s book, The World Without Us, the author ponders “a world from which we all suddenly vanished. Tomorrow.” People who study Alaska’s wildlife donated some thought to the subject. Alaska’s lack of people has benefited many species, including caribou, which still outnumber Alaskans, and salmon, which…

Bowhead Whales, the ‘Jazz Musicians’ of the Arctic, Sing Many Different Songs

Bowhead Whales, the ‘Jazz Musicians’ of the Arctic, Sing Many Different Songs

Spring is the time of year when birds are singing throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Far to the north,…

Overflow Ice as Northern Oasis

Overflow Ice as Northern Oasis

Overflow ice, also known as aufeis, is like a field of arctic daisies that comes back year after…

Study Links Climate Policy, Carbon Emissions from Permafrost

Study Links Climate Policy, Carbon Emissions from Permafrost

Controlling greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades could substantially reduce the consequences of carbon releases from thawing…

Streaking, Man-Made Lights in the Sky

Streaking, Man-Made Lights in the Sky

I slept outside a few nights ago. Lying a platform of packed snow, my face looking upward from…

NASA Begins Latest Airborne Arctic Ice Survey

NASA Begins Latest Airborne Arctic Ice Survey

On March 22, NASA completed the first IceBridge flight of its spring Arctic campaign with a survey of…

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