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Amazing Nature: Ecosystems are large and small and found in unlikely places
What is an ecosystem? Is it large like the entire worldwide ocean or small like a drop of water? What factors are at work in ecosystems? How are the organisms in marine ecosystems connected? Ask any sixth-grade student in Kodiak this year about marine ecosystems and they should have some of these...
Mar 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Jellyfish Apocalypse: Causes, Problems and Opportunities
Once every year for the last 17 years students from all over the state have flocked to Seward to compete in the annual Tsunami Bowl Ocean Science competition. This year, 20 teams from 17 high schools will try to win the honor to represent Alaska in the National Ocean Science Bowl next month in Se...
Feb 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Love on the evolutionary mistletoe
Nearing Valentines Day the stores are packed with flowers, cards, red heart balloons, chocolates, and all sorts of gifts that are supposed to signal love to another. While commerce has derailed Valentines into a generel exchange of pleasantries to celebrate all sorts of love, there are profound d...
Feb 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Colors for camoflage in the dark ocean
These last few weeks have been heavy on my mood. Every night I fall asleep to branches rattling in the wind, the unsteady dripping rain and gusts knocking on my windows. Every walk outside results in a pile of wet and muddy clothes; even the dog is less than excited to go out. The world seems clo...
Jan 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 99 99 recommendations | email to a friend
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Water, Ice and Bubbles in Lily Lake
Every winter I wait for ice to skate on or snow to ski on. It often snows, but immediately rain and ice spoil the fluffy beauty making it unsuitable for skiing. Even more often it snows just as the lakes are freezing, which spoils the ice for skating. This week had both good snow and good ice! La...
Jan 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 110 110 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Animals find home through unfamiliar territory
On Christmas Day I took my dog for what I had planned to be a nice walk at the park. I have trained and practiced with her a lot, and now she is what a friend of mine called a “part-time-good-dog,” which means she listens perfectly — most of the time. She has the ability to step behind a tree and...
Jan 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 ...
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 th...
Dec 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
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