Many Signs of Alaska’s Climate Change

2020-03-07T05:11:15-09:00

Many Signs of Alaska's Climate Change By Ned Rozell In anticipation of an arctic science conference happening next month in Fairbanks, an editor asked me to write a column on climate change in the north. I told her climate stability would be the bigger story, since basswood trees used to grow in Fairbanks and redwoods [...]

Many Signs of Alaska’s Climate Change2020-03-07T05:11:15-09:00

Ice Worms: Enigmas of the North

2020-03-07T05:11:16-09:00

Ice Worms: Enigmas of the North By Ned Rozell Recent research on the ice worm has shone some light on the tiny creature that appears when the sun sets on warmish glaciers. Few people have seen ice worms, but they are not mythical. Wispy and less than one inch long, ice worms live on glaciers, [...]

Ice Worms: Enigmas of the North2020-03-07T05:11:16-09:00

Alaska Polar Bears Walking a Treadmill of Ice

2020-03-07T05:11:16-09:00

Alaska Polar Bears Walking a Treadmill of Ice By Ned Rozell Stronger winds and thinner ice are forcing Alaska polar bears to work harder to remain in Alaska, according to scientists who have studied increased movements of both sea ice and bears. "There's an energetic cost to stay in Alaska," said David Douglas of the [...]

Alaska Polar Bears Walking a Treadmill of Ice2020-03-07T05:11:16-09:00

The Beauty of Alaska’s St. Matthew Island

2020-03-07T05:11:16-09:00

The Beauty of Alaska's St. Matthew Island By Ned Rozell ST. MATTHEW ISLAND — I'm resting on a mattress of tundra plants that are growing more than 200 miles from the nearest Alaska village. While I have snuck away here to my own private ridgetop, eight other people, all scientists, are somewhere on this 30-mile-long [...]

The Beauty of Alaska’s St. Matthew Island2020-03-07T05:11:16-09:00

Measuring the highest peaks in the Brooks Range of Alaska

2020-03-07T05:11:16-09:00

U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps give you a choice on the height of Mount Isto. Depending on what map scale you choose, the mountain in the Brooks Range is either higher or lower than 9,000 feet. Using a new combination of techniques, an Alaska researcher has crowned Mt. Isto the highest peak in America's arctic, [...]

Measuring the highest peaks in the Brooks Range of Alaska2020-03-07T05:11:16-09:00

Kenai bark beetles primed for another devastating run

2020-03-07T05:11:16-09:00

Kenai bark beetles primed for another devastating run By Ned Rozell Ed Berg has spent much of his life observing the natural happenings on a large peninsula (the Kenai) that juts from a larger peninsula (Alaska). The retired ecologist who worked many years for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been around long enough [...]

Kenai bark beetles primed for another devastating run2020-03-07T05:11:16-09:00

Face of Anaktuvuk River tundra pitted by tundra fire

2020-03-07T05:11:16-09:00

Face of northern Alaska pitted by tundra fire By Ned Rozell Eight summers ago, a bolt of lightning struck a dry tundra hillside in northern Alaska. Fanned by a warm wind that curled over the Brooks Range, the Anaktuvuk River fire burned for three months, leaving a scar visible from the International Space Station. The [...]

Face of Anaktuvuk River tundra pitted by tundra fire2020-03-07T05:11:16-09:00

Japanese Submarines on Kiska Island in Alaska

2020-03-07T05:11:16-09:00

Japanese Submarines on Kiska Island in Alaska By Ned Rozell On a damp island far out in the Aleutian chain, a secret weapon of Japan's World War II Navy sinks into the sod. A Type-A midget submarine the shape of a killer whale was one of six the Japanese carried to Kiska Island in 1942. [...]

Japanese Submarines on Kiska Island in Alaska2020-03-07T05:11:16-09:00

Wood Bison Settling Home in Shageluk, Alaska

2020-03-07T05:11:17-09:00

Wood bison settling home in Shageluk, Alaska By Ned Rozell 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 [...]

Wood Bison Settling Home in Shageluk, Alaska2020-03-07T05:11:17-09:00

Alaska alders go their own way in autumn

2020-03-07T05:11:17-09:00

Alaska alders go their own way in autumn By Ned Rozell: 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 [...]

Alaska alders go their own way in autumn2020-03-07T05:11:17-09:00