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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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Amazing Nature: Awareness day for octopus and squid
This Monday I heard a report on the local radio station about International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day. At first, my reaction was “tri- what awareness day?” As such radio programs educate the ignorant (like me), it went on to explain that Trigeminal Neuralgia is a rare, incurable and extremely painful disease that affects the nerves in the face. I probably would have forgotten about it had I not been infor...
Oct 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 106 106 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: New program brings scientists into rural schools
There is a new program in Kodiak, which brings local scientists to our rural schools to spend a day talking marine science and offering hands-on lessons. Last Thursday was a glorious, sunny fall day, perfect for our plans to fly to Port Lions for a day of marine science with the students there. As our plane took off over parts of our beautiful Island dabbed in fall colors and the pilot spouted astonishing historic...
Sep 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 121 121 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Legend tells of geese growing from barnacles
If you are an attentive beachcomber, you may have come across logs covered with goose barnacles. Just last week, I enjoyed a beach walk at the Buskin when I came across such a log. I could tell that the log had only recently been brought in by a high tide and left high and dry, because the goose barnacles were still intact; their feathery legs were exposed but not dried up. What is a goose barnacle? As its name su...
Aug 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 166 166 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Statues come alive under water
Summer is waning, and preparations for the coming school year are in full swing. I will offer my first Kodiak College class this fall, and since it is a brand new class, I have spent hours this summer anticipating and preparing. The class is called “introduction to marine science through experiments and art” and combines several ways of learning about and getting fascinated by the oceans. In lectures, small experi...
Aug 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 161 161 recommendations | email to a friend
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