It's early August, 118 miles from the Arctic Circle. Time for a walk to work. The last time I wrote about hiking through the North Campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, summer was a puppy crashing into your shin. Now it has a white muzzle.
A glaciologist once wrote that the number of glaciers in Alaska estimated at (greater than) 100,000. That fuzzy number, perhaps written in passive voice for a reason, might be correct. But it depends upon how you count.
As I skied on a frozen river, a hairy creature trotted toward me. When the wolverine spotted me, it popped up in the air like an antelope, landed like a cat and bounced away into the high country of the Wrangell Mountains.
Seventy million years ago, the baddest predator on top of the world was a pygmy tyrannosaur about half the size of Tyrannosaurus rex.
The wolf lies on a metal table, its white legs and massive paws hanging over the edge. Kimberlee Beckmen, a wildlife veterinarian, wears a white lab coat and purple gloves. Scalpel in hand, she positions herself at the wolf's belly.
The wolf is no longer stuck to the trail, as it was when the dog musher drove her reluctant team over it. Now covered with snow, the frozen animal is a few steps away, beneath small spruce trees near the South Fork of the Chena River.
An expected event in Alaska could affect millions of Americans. Here's how: On Thursday, March 27, 2014, a slab of the sea floor larger than human imagination fractures, rumbling beneath the Alaska Peninsula.
Painting the breeze one dozen at a time, monarch butterflies once fluttered across the meadow of James Hansen's Pennsylvania farm. Now, the climate activist and his wife are lucky to see one.
Back from the bottom of the world - where she had just experienced her second winter solstice in six months - Kristin O'Brien parked her shopping cart at the fish counter of a Fairbanks grocery.
On March 27, 1964, California geologist George Plafker was attending a research conference in Seattle when news came of a big earthquake in Alaska.
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