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Two tales of dynamic Alaska tundra
As pungent eucalyptus trees soaked up inches of California rain, a few researchers inside San Francisco’s Moscone Center spoke of the treeless third of Alaska at the 2014 fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The annual gathering of Earth and space scientists attracted more than 20,000 of them to San Francisco in late December. Alaska’s tundra landscapes carpet a good portion of the state, from the North...
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Causes for sea star wasting still a mystery
During the winter holidays we surround ourselves with the symbols of Christmas; snowflakes, lights, bells, evergreen trees and stars. Some of these season’s cheers have an obvious origin (snowflakes for winter time, and lights to give cheer to your local electric company), in others the symbolism is more complicated and relates to various traditions from around the world. I would love to know how many Kodiak famil...
Jan 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Marine snow is food for deep sea life
When I took a leasurely walk this morning I admired the beautiful snow capped peaks of the mountains all around. This time of year people either talk about how they are glad that the snow is not yet impacting traffic or they wish for the fluffy stuff in anticipation of time spent crunching through a white wonderland, skiing, sledding, building snow figures or digging tunnels and piles. Scientifically, snow is noth...
Dec 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Sustainable fisheries factor in ‘happiness index’
This semester, I am both teacher and student. I signed up for an online class from UAS titled “Local and Global sustainability.” It makes me view the issues of our times and my own actions from a different angle. First off we discussed at length how a sustainability approach integrates the five domains of Environment, Economy, Socio-cultural, Policy, and Technology. If you were to change your approach to how to ma...
Nov 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Monkeyface pricklebacks and glob sculpin: uglies on the fish line
Sometimes life becomes so busy that it feels like a contra dance where one thing follows another just like the dancers in a line. It seems like fall is a time in Kodiak where many people are engaged in these dances, juggling many different tasks and taking care of work, play and volunteer business. As I am thinking about the last two weeks searching for something that would be of interest for an article, many seri...
Oct 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Ocean shows signs of planet transition
The view out of my office window shows a quiet ocean engulfed in a tranquility that seems impossible to rock as if it had been stable for millions of years. Yet I know from experience how the sound of a boat slicing through the surface water or the sharp whine of a floatplane trying to get airborne can tear apart this serene image in seconds. Not only the way we use the ocean changes, but the environment beneath t...
Sep 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Squid swim backwards in a changing world
Heraclitus said, “the only thing that is constant is change”. He was a wise man. Every person that has sailed the oceans during the last decades has observed many changes first hand. Some of these changes seem alarming and have direct effects on fishermen’s bank accounts, and yet those changes have always been around. After all, we still call it fishing, not simply catching and it has always been recognized as an ...
Sep 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Limiting factors decide what grows in the ocean
The last entry in my dive logbook was on August first, 1997. This August, seventeen years later, I signed up for a Scuba refresher class and I am looking forward to getting my face wet again. Diving is the only way to truly appreciate marine life in its natural habitat. Besides, I really missed the feel of suspension in space while floating weightless through the underwater scenery with all sound blocked or muffle...
Aug 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Microbeads in toothpaste and skin care entering ocean food chains
While caring citizens may know not to leave trash and plastics behind in nature, what they probably don’t know is that using toothpaste may actually add to plastics pollution in the ocean. The reason? Most toothpastes and many skin care products contain microbeads. Microbeads are so small that they pass through the filters in the sewage treatment plants and because they are made of polymer plastic, there are no ba...
Jul 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nasal drift an important part of whale evolution
Many people, including myself, are mesmerized and fascinated by the sight of marine mammals. The behavior of the sea lions on their “home dock” in the Kodiak harbor seems almost human when they are lazily lounging in the sun, barking indignantly at the youngsters that jump wet and cold out of the water to crawl across their sunwarmed bodies in search of a good place to snuggle. Similarly the sea otter, when he flo...
Jun 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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