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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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Amazing Nature: Fish sense earthquakes
Kodiak Island had 40 earthquakes in the last month, the most recent today and the largest two days ago at a magnitude of 4.3. This information is of July 28, as I am writing this article. Two days ago, the earthquake was just outside of Kodiak in the ocean, and it could be felt in town. Scary? Not as the quakes are small. Personally, I didn’t feel the slightest shaking from any of these 40 tremors and without chec...
Aug 02, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 157 157 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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