Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
  
Nature
 
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
full story
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
full story
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
full story
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
full story
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
full story
Amazing Nature: Small life forms are of big importance
The ocean has an endless supply of life forms and topics to write and learn about. Nonetheless, sometimes I sit in my living room staring into space and wonder what the topic of the next amazing nature column should be. On the last such occasion, my son asked if I had ever written about bacteria. I have not, and at first I wondered how to write about those minute life forms that in most people only spur images of ...
Mar 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Garden Gate: Collecting free flowers
If you like the idea of free flowers, listen up. This is the best time of year for starting a fresh batch of geraniums. By snipping a few cuttings from your, or a friend’s overwintered plant, you’ll be rewarded with cheerful displays of pink, white, salmon or red flowers. Before you grab a pair of shears and go knocking on your neighbor’s door though, mentally prepare yourself. Not all geraniums come through winte...
Mar 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Amazing Nature: Biology and symmetry of sea stars
Once again, it is that time of year when Kodiak fifth-graders visit the Ocean Science Discovery Lab on Near Island to conduct a scientific experiment complete with predictions, measurements, data recording and analysis. The stars of the unit are sea stars, and we begin by talking about the biology of stars. Later, we move on to sea star geometry and math, only to wrap it up in a discussion of statistics. If that s...
Mar 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Amazing Nature: Lake Iliamna’s secret monster fish
This article is the result of a special request. During a party conversation, a longtime Kodiak resident and ex-fisherwoman told me she always reads the amazing nature column. Encounters like this have kept me going for three years and I am now in the process of writing the 100th article. At that party, under a large Christmas tree, I asked her if there was any topic that she would like me to write about. After th...
Feb 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Amazing Nature: Drill ship
T’was a dark and stormy night in Kodiak as the old year 2012 yielded to the new 2013. I was surprised to wake up at midnight to see fireworks lighting my window. Who out there was actually able to even get a rocket fuse lit with winds and rain ripping mercilessly? As I lay and wondered, a frightened neighborhood dog yowled and the shadows of branches swung wildly across my room. The storm had been raging for a few...
Jan 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Search Our Marketplace
or Search by category