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Switgard Duesterloh
 
Whales follow spring in the ocean
The calendar claims that spring has come. Outside I notice some swollen buds on trees and bushes and new green blades of grass. However, cold winds and rain still hit my face and my hands are freezing after I have taken my dog for her evening walk around the block. I have childhood memories, wher...
Apr 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 100 100 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Eating fish is fast and feast
Once again the store shelves are stocked with sweets and chocolates, trinkets and colorful decorations, flowers and little bunnies. Have you ever asked yourself what the bunny and the little chick have to do with the Christian celebration of Easter? The answer may surprise you. The bunny and eggs...
Apr 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 115 115 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Students meet giant pacific octopus at Ocean Science Discovery Lab
Students meet Giant Pacific Octopus at Ocean Science Discovery Lab Spring is an exciting time on land as well as in the ocean and along its shores. It’s a time to bundle up and take the kids out to explore the excitement of the waking of life and the birth of a new summer. Seaweeds, plankton, sma...
Mar 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Ecosystems are large and small and found in unlikely places
What is an ecosystem? Is it large like the entire worldwide ocean or small like a drop of water? What factors are at work in ecosystems? How are the organisms in marine ecosystems connected? Ask any sixth-grade student in Kodiak this year about marine ecosystems and they should have some of these...
Mar 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Jellyfish Apocalypse: Causes, Problems and Opportunities
Once every year for the last 17 years students from all over the state have flocked to Seward to compete in the annual Tsunami Bowl Ocean Science competition. This year, 20 teams from 17 high schools will try to win the honor to represent Alaska in the National Ocean Science Bowl next month in Se...
Feb 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Love on the evolutionary mistletoe
Nearing Valentines Day the stores are packed with flowers, cards, red heart balloons, chocolates, and all sorts of gifts that are supposed to signal love to another. While commerce has derailed Valentines into a generel exchange of pleasantries to celebrate all sorts of love, there are profound d...
Feb 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Colors for camoflage in the dark ocean
These last few weeks have been heavy on my mood. Every night I fall asleep to branches rattling in the wind, the unsteady dripping rain and gusts knocking on my windows. Every walk outside results in a pile of wet and muddy clothes; even the dog is less than excited to go out. The world seems clo...
Jan 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 99 99 recommendations | email to a friend
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Water, Ice and Bubbles in Lily Lake
Every winter I wait for ice to skate on or snow to ski on. It often snows, but immediately rain and ice spoil the fluffy beauty making it unsuitable for skiing. Even more often it snows just as the lakes are freezing, which spoils the ice for skating. This week had both good snow and good ice! La...
Jan 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 110 110 recommendations | email to a friend
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