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Amazing Nature: Colors for camoflage in the dark ocean
These last few weeks have been heavy on my mood. Every night I fall asleep to branches rattling in the wind, the unsteady dripping rain and gusts knocking on my windows. Every walk outside results in a pile of wet and muddy clothes; even the dog is less than excited to go out. The world seems cloaked in an array of tones of gray: light gray skies, dark gray streets covered in gray mud, and my car — which used to b...
Jan 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 99 99 recommendations | email to a friend
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Water, Ice and Bubbles in Lily Lake
Every winter I wait for ice to skate on or snow to ski on. It often snows, but immediately rain and ice spoil the fluffy beauty making it unsuitable for skiing. Even more often it snows just as the lakes are freezing, which spoils the ice for skating. This week had both good snow and good ice! Last weekend, I got to skate to my heart’s desire on Lilly Lake. When I needed a break, I warmed up with a steaming cup at...
Jan 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 110 110 recommendations | email to a friend
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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. “It was almost quitting time for the day at the meeting when some guys came back from the Space Needle and said they felt rocking,” Plafker said recently at his office in Menlo Park, California. “We said, ‘That’s a serious earthquake.’” It was, of course, the second-st...
Jan 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Animals find home through unfamiliar territory
On Christmas Day I took my dog for what I had planned to be a nice walk at the park. I have trained and practiced with her a lot, and now she is what a friend of mine called a “part-time-good-dog,” which means she listens perfectly — most of the time. She has the ability to step behind a tree and disappear, leaving me to call and whistle and wonder where she went in the span of time it takes me to blink a snowflak...
Jan 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Sea angels and sea butterflies swirl through the oceans
It is the Christmas season and the occasional snowflake is making its way to the ground on a cold day. On my walk along the shore of Mill Bay I feel a chill wind, and the sight of the ocean surface is anything but inviting. The gray waves and their whitecaps look dangerously cold. Nonetheless, I know that millions of various animals thrive under the surface and are perfectly adapted to live in the cold water. Late...
Dec 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Fruits of the ocean aren't always tasty
The day is foggy and gray, the air so heavy with water that breathing almost feels like one needs gills. As I retreat to my couch and procrastinate, I look at the beautiful arrangement of fruits that a friend gave me during the past holidays. Apples, oranges, pears, and pomegranate are joining the bananas and lemons in my fruit basket. Several of these fruits and vegetables are namesakes for sea creatures. First, ...
Dec 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Maritime Science class teaches skills for life near ocean
If you were not born in Kodiak, ask yourself why life has placed you here. For most readers, the answer has something to do with Kodiak’s place in the productive North Pacific Ocean. People live in Kodiak because of fishing, seafood processing, fishing management or research, the Coast Guard, or to provide the numerous services required by the people who live here because of the fisheries and the ocean. One such s...
Nov 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 101 101 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alaska Science Forum: The glacier(s) of Attu
In late August, seabird biologist John Piatt paused from his task of “stealing food from baby puffins” to look up at the green mountains of Attu, the last island in the long sweep of the Aleutians. Pasted to the side of 3,000-foot Attu Mountain was a snowfield with a dirty band of ice. Piatt, a U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Science Center scientist working on Savage Islanda small island off the southern coast of A...
Nov 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Comb jellies on planet Ocean
The scene is a vast, dark open space with occasional sparkles of light. Two vessels approach each other, slowly moving through the weightless space, assessing the other’s intentions. This scene could describe an encounter out of a Star Trek movie, but the vessels in this encounter could have been filmed in coastal waters not too far from Kodiak Island. I recently watched a documentary of two gelatinous comb jellie...
Nov 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Lessons from oil spills
The most rewarding part about teaching is to see students become involved, begin to own the information given to them and take off on new academic adventures. It is a beautiful experience when a student brings a new tool or source of information to the class, thus teaching the teacher. This morning, through one of those interactions, I learned about Google Trends, a tool on the Google Browser that allows one to lo...
Oct 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
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