Remarkable groove slides gold into Alaska

2020-03-08T07:04:24-08:00

Remarkable groove slides gold into Alaska By Ned Rozell Nate Becker lives with his family on a quiet stretch of the Yukon River as it flows into Alaska. On a recent ski trip, I visited the Beckers’ home along with two geologist friends. Nate had a question for them. “Why are all [...]

Remarkable groove slides gold into Alaska2020-03-08T07:04:24-08:00

What We Learned from Mt. Redoubt’s Eruption 30 Years Ago

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

What We Learned from Mt. Redoubt's Eruption 30 Years Ago By Ned Rozell On December 15, 1989, a pilot who had flown a 747 passenger jet all the way from Amsterdam was looking forward to landing in Anchorage. There, he would take a short break before continuing to Tokyo. Descending over Southcentral Alaska, he and [...]

What We Learned from Mt. Redoubt’s Eruption 30 Years Ago2020-03-07T05:11:07-09:00

Fish Tapeworms Found Near Fairbanks Alaska Pond – Ligula intestinalis

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

Fish Tapeworms Found Near Fairbanks Alaska Pond By Ned Rozell A few times each week, someone carries something dead or alive through the doors of the UA Museum of the North, hoping an expert can identify it. A couple weeks ago, a woman arrived with a small jar of what appeared to be white worms. [...]

Fish Tapeworms Found Near Fairbanks Alaska Pond – Ligula intestinalis2020-03-07T05:11:07-09:00

Changing Climate Forcing Ducks North to Alaska

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

Changing Climate Forcing Ducks North to Alaska By Ned Rozell Every spring, millions of ducks touch down on Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge, a spread of muskeg and dark water the size of Maryland. These days, more ruddy ducks seem to be among them. Recent sightings of this handsome, rust-colored bird — the males with [...]

Changing Climate Forcing Ducks North to Alaska2020-03-07T05:11:07-09:00

The dashed line of the Arctic Circle

2020-03-07T05:11:08-09:00

The dashed line of the Arctic Circle By Ned Rozell A friend and I just camped out at the Arctic Circle, about 200 miles north of where we live in Fairbanks. A dashed line on the map went right through our campsite. That line, the Arctic Circle, traces the northern hairline of the globe, at [...]

The dashed line of the Arctic Circle2020-03-07T05:11:08-09:00

Caribou on the Run at Fortymile River

2020-03-07T05:11:08-09:00

Caribou on the Run at Fortymile River By Ned Rozell Floating down the Fortymile River, we heard the roar of a rapid just ahead. At the same time, we noticed the caribou, about 50 of them, clustered on a cliffside near the water. It was too late to pull over. I aimed the canoe for [...]

Caribou on the Run at Fortymile River2020-03-07T05:11:08-09:00

Pink salmon — too much of a good thing?

2020-03-07T05:11:08-09:00

Pink salmon — too much of a good thing? By Ned Rozell Of the five species of salmon that swim Alaska waters, the pink is by far the most plentiful. Some scientists think the fish is an overabundant predator that outcompetes other salmon and some seabirds. In the late 1990s, Japanese researchers noticed an intriguing [...]

Pink salmon — too much of a good thing?2020-03-07T05:11:08-09:00

Alaska’s Crested Auklet

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

Alaska's Crested Auklet By Ned Rozell Millions of Alaska birds nest on rocky emerald islands seen by few people other than ship captains. One of the funkiest of these creatures is the crested auklet, which looks like a bassist in a punk band and smells like a tangerine. These hand-size birds have intrigued Hector Douglas [...]

Alaska’s Crested Auklet2020-03-07T05:11:11-09:00

Alaska Hot Springs, Far and Wide

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

Alaska Hot Springs, Far and Wide By Ned Rozell KANUTI HOT SPRINGS — After a few hours of skiing through deep snow, Forest Wagner and I smelled a tuna sandwich. We knew we were closing in on warm pools of water. From the frozen Kanuti River, we moved along an open stream up toward Kanuti [...]

Alaska Hot Springs, Far and Wide2020-03-07T05:11:11-09:00

Streaking, Manmade Lights in the Sky

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

Streaking, Manmade Lights in the Sky By Ned Rozell I slept outside a few nights ago. Lying a platform of packed snow, my face looking upward from the sleeping bag, I squinted at the Big Dipper. Within a few minutes, what appeared to be a moving star slanted across the dipper. Then another. And another. [...]

Streaking, Manmade Lights in the Sky2020-03-07T05:11:11-09:00