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Alaska Science Forum: Wood bison returning to wild state
These nights, Tom Seaton is dreaming less about red-brown, steaming, humpbacked hulks. He's also getting more sleep, knowing dozens of wood bison that galloped to freedom behind his snowmachine last spring are wandering new country, munching grass and having babies. So far so good in the attempt to stock Alaska with a giant that vanished from the swamps not long ago. "It's turning out better than I could have hope...
Sep 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alaska Science Forum: Alders go their own way in autumn
With every autumn breath we take, Alaska brightens with yellows, reds and oranges of plants recovering what they can from tired solar panels. But one shrubby tree does not join the party. Alders remain a stubborn green. Many won't drop their leaves until long after the snow falls. This reluctance is one of the wonders of an overlooked organism, said ecologist Roger Ruess. A UAF professor, Ruess has studied alders ...
Sep 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alaska Science Forum: HAARP again open for business
Instead of falling to the dozer blade, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program has new life. In mid-August, U.S. Air Force General Tom Masiello shook hands with UAF's Brian Rogers and Bob McCoy, transferring the powerful upper-atmosphere research facility from the military to the university. You may have heard of HAARP. Nick Begich wrote a book about it. Jesse Ventura tried to bully his way past the Gak...
Sep 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alaska Science Forum: Spillways of an ancient Alaska lake
Many years ago, geologists stood on the bank of the Copper River and watched Childs Glacier thunder icebergs straight into the river. Using a little imagination, one researcher remarked how an advance of the glacier could seal off the big river. He envisioned a process that has happened many times in the world and is still happening in Alaska: glaciers growing to the point where they block rivers and streams to fo...
Sep 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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ALASKA SCIENCE FORUM: A float down the Tanana River
This is not Henry Allen's Tanana River. Nor is it the Trail River of people living here thousands of years before the nineteenth-century government explorer struggled his way down the Tanana. But it seems close. I'm on a family trip down the wide brown river, starting where it arcs from the mountains to Fairbanks. Wife, daughter, dog and I will float the river 150 miles to the town of Manley Hot Springs, where our...
Aug 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alaska Science Forum: The loneliest camp on Earth
One of the quietest places in Alaska was temporarily home to a few hardy people when the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock. An archaeologist has fleshed out what life might have been like during a winter on St. Matthew Island in the 1600s. In some ways, St. Matthew, more than 200 miles from the nearest Alaska settlement (the village of Mekoryuk) is a great place to live: lush with plantlife (some of it edible); mi...
Aug 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alaska Science Forum: Red-backed voles climb into scientific literature
A few years ago, Link Olson wanted students in his mammalogy class to see one of the neatest little creatures in Alaska, the northern flying squirrel. He baited a few live traps with peanut butter rolled in oats and placed them in spruce trees. When he returned the next day, he found no flying squirrels. Instead, peering back at him were the beady eyes of the mice of the north, red-backed voles. The curator of mam...
Aug 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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ALASKA SCIENCE FORUM: Ancient northern pike found in lake mud
While slicing a cylinder of mud he pulled from an Interior Alaska lake, Matthew Wooller ran into a snag. The wire he was using to cut the mud stopped when it hit something solid. He grabbed a knife, carved around the obstruction, and made a discovery. "There were a bunch of bones and very sharp teeth sprouting from the lake mud," said Wooller, the head of the Alaska Stable Isotope Facility at UAF. Suspecting the p...
Jul 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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The northern boreal bird nursery
CUTLINES Photos: 1. A yellow-rumped warbler sits on a nest near the Middle Fork of the Chandalar River. 2. A robin chick in a nest near the Middle Fork of the Chandalar River. 3. Wilderness guide Garrett Jones of Fairbanks next to a spruce tree hosting a robin's nest at eye level. photos by Ned Rozell. MIDDLE FORK, CHANDALAR RIVER — Two-hundred miles straight north of my home in Fairbanks, I'm at the northern edge...
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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ALASKA SCIENCE FORUM: An intriguing rock in the Alaska wilderness
NEAR THE MIDDLE FORK, CHANDALAR RIVER — Our knees pressed into crunchy lichen, three of us hunch around a rock the size of a postage stamp. Peter Jenniskens, a meteor astronomer with the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in Mountain View, California, is smiling. This rock is unusual: it was sitting on top of day-glow lichen and is dark as a charcoal briquette. “I’m very excited by this top ...
Jun 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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