Fire on the mountain near the Yukon River

2020-03-07T05:11:22-09:00

Fire on the mountain near the Yukon River By Ned Rozell A smoking mountain near the Yukon River not far from Eagle is, after further study, still a puzzle. People first noticed acrid smoke in September 2012. The mountain has been steaming ever since, even through the coldest days of winter. Scientists thought a likely [...]

Fire on the mountain near the Yukon River2020-03-07T05:11:22-09:00

Two tales of dynamic Alaska tundra

2020-03-07T05:11:22-09:00

Two tales of dynamic Alaska tundra By Ned Rozell As pungent eucalyptus trees soaked up inches of California rain, a few researchers inside San Francisco’s Moscone Center spoke of the treeless third of Alaska at the 2014 fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The annual gathering of Earth and space scientists attracted more than [...]

Two tales of dynamic Alaska tundra2020-03-07T05:11:22-09:00

Glaciers no obstacle for Copper River and Northwestern Railway

2020-03-07T05:11:22-09:00

Glaciers no obstacle for Copper River and Northwestern Railway By Ned Rozell Home of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, Alaska has been the setting for a few epic engineering battles rendered against nature. The Million Dollar Bridge, standing almost intact on the lower Copper River, is a reminder of another improbable Alaska construction project. Completed in [...]

Glaciers no obstacle for Copper River and Northwestern Railway2020-03-07T05:11:22-09:00

In Hawaii, Hints of a Giant Alaska Tsunami

2020-03-07T05:11:23-09:00

In Hawaii, Hints of a Giant Alaska Tsunami By Ned Rozell Clues from a crater-like sinkhole on the island of Kauai point back to a giant wave that came from Alaska at about the time European explorers were pushing west, seeing the Mississippi River for the first time. The Makauwahi Sinkhole on the southeast shore [...]

In Hawaii, Hints of a Giant Alaska Tsunami2020-03-07T05:11:23-09:00

Alaska Rivers Flow Through Mountain Range

2020-03-07T05:11:23-09:00

Alaska Rivers Flow Through Mountain Range By Ned Rozell Alaska’s landscape has an unusual feature that allows us to enjoy cheap bananas in the Interior and other things that make life possible in the subarctic. The Nenana River, born on the south side of the Alaska Range, makes a u-turn and flows north through the [...]

Alaska Rivers Flow Through Mountain Range2020-03-07T05:11:23-09:00

1946 tsunami survivor shares her story

2020-03-07T05:11:23-09:00

1946 tsunami survivor shares her story By Ned Rozell on April 1, 1946, the sea floor ruptured just south of Unimak Island in the Aleutian Islands. Seawater displaced by the giant earthquake sent a 100-foot wave into the Scotch Cape lighthouse on Unimak, destroying the concrete structure and killing the five men inside. They never [...]

1946 tsunami survivor shares her story2020-03-07T05:11:23-09:00

The mystery of 53 dead caribou in the Alaska Range

2020-03-07T05:11:23-09:00

The mystery of 53 dead caribou in the Alaska Range By Ned Rozell Forty-two years ago, an Army helicopter pilot flying over a tundra plateau saw a group of caribou. Thinking something looked weird, he circled for a closer look. The animals, dozens of them, were dead. The pilot reported what he saw to the [...]

The mystery of 53 dead caribou in the Alaska Range2020-03-07T05:11:23-09:00

Tracking Alaska Salmon To Their Birth Streams

2020-03-07T05:11:23-09:00

Tracking Alaska Salmon To Their Birth Streams By Ned Rozell Strontium is a trace element and mineral people use to make glow-in-the-dark paints and toothpaste for sensitive teeth. In research for his college degree, Sean Brennan used strontium’s unique qualities to track salmon in an Alaska river. At Brennan’s Ph.D. defense at the University of [...]

Tracking Alaska Salmon To Their Birth Streams2020-03-07T05:11:23-09:00

Ancient whalers leave their mark on the north

2020-03-07T05:11:23-09:00

Ancient whalers leave their mark on the north By Ned Rozell The high arctic is one of the farthest places from most of the 6 billion people on Earth, but Canadian researchers have found that the far north holds some of the oldest evidence of human impact on a lake’s ecosystem. John Smol, of Queen’s [...]

Ancient whalers leave their mark on the north2020-03-07T05:11:23-09:00

Snow-starved Alaska not the normal state

2020-03-07T05:11:24-09:00

Snow-starved Alaska not the normal state By Ned Rozell T During the first 21 days of November 2014, no recordable snow fell in Anchorage, Juneau or Fairbanks. Over an unusual swath of the state, the ground was frozen, dusty and brown. Even extreme parts of Alaska were in a snow drought. "No manual observation site [...]

Snow-starved Alaska not the normal state2020-03-07T05:11:24-09:00