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Amazing Nature: Goblins hide in ocean trenches
This summer, I spent two weeks in the Seattle area. Between some spectacular hikes in the lush Cascade Mountains and visits to various exhibits in the big city I spent a lot of time at an Internet café preparing for my marine science class in the fall. I had just reviewed the special features of sharks when we ventured to the Seattle Aquarium to see if there was anything new and amazing to gawk at. What captured o...
Jul 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 115 115 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Salps are an offshore surprise
Many people have never seen them because they usually live offshore, and nobody wants their fishing nets clogged with these organisms. Those who have found them washed up on a beach describe them as looking like strings of beads, piles of snot or give them descriptive names like “beach bubblewrap”. Their official English name is salps. Salps have gelatinous and transparent bodies reminiscent of jellies. Unlike jel...
Jul 05, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 136 136 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Species countdown is on
Last week’s mermaid article discussed a TV show that claimed the possibility for legendary mermaids to not only have roamed the oceans once upon a time, but also their survival into present day. While the mermaid story is far-fetched for anatomical and physiological reasons, there is much evidence of thousands of species that have once lived and are now seen no more. As I researched some information about ammonite...
Jun 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 157 157 recommendations | email to a friend
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TV show causes mermaid frenzy
Mermaids, dragons and mystic monsters — they all inspire our fantasies. Who has not looked upon the ocean and wondered what might live in its depths that we don’t know about. Who has never stood looking out at the crests of waves, a sudden splash, or a dark shape quickly moving away under water and wondered what it was that we saw but could not quite put a name to? Lucky are those who have felt the excitement of s...
Jun 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 126 126 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Carbon dioxide levels reach historic high mark
Four hundred parts per million of carbon dioxide! On May 10, the news went out that for the first time in history, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric observatory on Mauna Loa in Hawaii reached 400 parts per million. According to the NOAA website reporting this historic event, before the start of the industrial revolution these concentrations used to fluctuate be...
May 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: How fish see the world
Fish, crab and octopus see the world in a different light Looking at a day’s catch of fish triggers a variety of reactions and emotions in onlookers. This week, a group of students from Anchorage on a field trip to Kodiak were treated to the sight of a fish hold sporting freshly caught cod, halibut and red and black rockfish. The most intriguing part of a dead fish are — no doubt — its eyes. Large and bulging, wit...
May 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alaska Science Forum: Cook Inlet earthquake
Red and blue waves triggered by a magnitude 4.6 earthquake rippled outward from the Anchorage area and fizzled out after 45 seconds. Except in Cook Inlet basin, where the waves were trapped for another half-minute, bouncing back and forth, up and down, within the 7.5-kilometer-thick sedimentary basin. “It’s like throwing a rock in the pond. Except water is a homogeneous material. In the solid earth you have basins...
May 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Whales migrating to rich feeding grounds and gray whales getting the mud scoop
Once again, Kodiak is celebrating Whale Fest. To celebrate the occasion and watch some whales, we packed a group of boys into our cars and headed out to Narrow Cape last Saturday. Friday had been a pleasant and sunny day, and I hoped Saturday would follow suit. It did not. Clouds obscured the view of the mountains once we came over the pass to Pasagshak and the raindrops turned to hail, then snow. But just above S...
Apr 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Spring is coming to the ocean
Winter still holds its grip on Kodiak this week. Ponds and lakes are covered in sheets of ice, and on my walk around Lake Gertrude at Abercrombie Park today I watched the water from the little creeks that feed and drain the lake trickle under glassy covers of ice. Nonetheless, spring is coming to the ocean. A plankton sample we collected on Monday had many little nauplii in it. A nauplius is the first larval stage...
Apr 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alaska Science Forum: Permafrost scientist snowmachining from Alaska to Atlantic
Kenji Yoshikawa will soon sleep on brilliant, blue-white landscape that has never felt the imprint of his boots. Beginning on spring equinox, the permafrost scientist and a partner will attempt to drive snowmachines from Prudhoe Bay to Canada’s Baffin Island. While traveling a distance equal to Seattle to Tokyo to Seattle over land and sea ice, Yoshikawa will camp outside villages in an Arctic Oven tent. Along the...
Mar 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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