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Alaska Science Forum: Late summer arrives in the boreal forest

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.
Alaska Science Forum: Number of Alaska glaciers is everchanging

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.
Alaska Science Forum: On the track of the wolverine

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.
Alaska Science Forum: Meet 'Nanuq', the mini t-rex of the Arctic

Seventy million years ago, the baddest predator on top of the world was a pygmy tyrannosaur about half the size of Tyrannosaurus rex.
Alaska Science Forum: Solving the mystery of the South Fork wolf, part II

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.
Alaska Science Forum: Mystery of the South Fork wolf

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.
Alaska Science Forum: A great Alaska earthquake meets southern California

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.
Alaska Science Forum: Climate researcher: There's still time, but not much

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.
Alaska Science Forum: The last intact ecosystem on Earth

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.
Alaska Science Forum: Feet on the ground right after Alaska's big one

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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