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Switgard Duesterloh
 
Amazing Nature: Velellae go wherever the wind takes them
Spring is here. There are many signs of it and it seems that every person I talk to enjoys a different little delight of spring. Yesterday, I spotted the first blooms of coastal anemones and a tiny violet on the side of Pillar Mountain, and a couple of days ago out on the water the first puffins ...
May 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Dilution not solution to pollution
Today I was asked a question that I continue to ponder. Someone was looking for a speaker to explain to a class why pollution is a problem in the ocean environment. At first it seemed like this was so obvious that it hardly needs discussing, but as I thought about it more and more, it became clea...
Apr 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Sea creatures eat and get eaten
Over the last couple of weeks 103 Kodiak third-grade students have come to the Ocean Science Discovery Lab to learn about Ocean Food Webs. The sea lion eats the salmon, which eats the young herring, which eats the copepods, which eat the phytoplankton, which need sunlight and nutrients to grow. A...
Apr 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Spring spawning for ‘sea hedgehogs’
They used to be called sea hedgehogs, their scientific name is Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis, but most people just call them green sea urchins. In Alaska, there are three species of sea urchins I know of: the green sea urchin, the red sea urchin and the white sea urchin. The most common is th...
Mar 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Embracing coastal resilience
Resilience is the ability of a community to bounce back after a natural or manmade disaster. These or similar words were the opening of many of the presentations students from 16 high school teams from around Alaska prepared for the 19th annual Alaska Tsunami National Ocean Science Bowl. The comp...
Mar 04, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Plastic in oceans causing health disruption
If I offered you something to eat and told you it could disrupt your metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep and mood, would you thankfully accept, enjoy and share with your kids? I think most of us would say we would rather not poison our bodies ...
Feb 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Gulf of Alaska: birthplace of big waves
Recently, Kodiak has seen one big storm after another. One night not long ago, I woke up because twigs and spruce cones were thumping against my bedroom window as if knocking to be let in. I got up and looked at the trees in my back yard, which were swaying and waving their branches while the win...
Jan 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Evolution of Life and Learning
If your religious beliefs make the little hairs on the back of your neck stand up at the mention of the term “evolution,” you should ignore this article and move peacefully on with your day. I will not get into the discussion of whether the facts and methods that lead to the theory of evolution a...
Dec 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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