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Switgard Duesterloh
 
Amazing Nature: Where did the ocean come from?
When you drive to work, climb a mountain, catch a fish or take a boat ride, the ocean is always there, a seemingly endless, vast, and powerful presence. Yet most textbooks about the ocean first ask the intriguing question: Where did it come from? As I write this, I am consulting a book entitled “...
Sep 28, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Ocean acidification still a topic of concern
Last weekend as I went to get a coffee, I watched a gentleman behind me in line waiting his turn, select a few pastries for his breakfast, and wait for his drink. At this point I left the shop to board my car and noticed that the truck that was parked next to it was running. This vehicle was with...
Sep 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Keeping safe around marine mammals
The silver salmon are running at Mill Bay and the beach is the sight of people in boots lined up while casting their lines and hooks out to catch their share of the bounty. I often go down to Mill Bay beach and numerous times I have seen the little, dark gray heads of harbor seals milling about j...
Aug 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dogwinkle and hairy triton snails laying eggs
Summer in Alaska draws visitors from all over the world. Part of the fun of hosting guests in our favorite state is that you get to do things that you often don’t get to during your normal routine. This summer, my sister visited from Germany. We went on many hikes, visited our local museums, went...
Aug 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Tides and red tides sweep in on the Fourth
Recently, Kodiak joined the rest of the Nation in the annual Independence Day festivities. The Fourth of July wouldn’t be the same without fireworks, and as a parent of a teenage boy I know he looks forward to this occasion to live out his pyromaniac desires. As we traveled to our favorite firewo...
Jul 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Oceans support the wonder of life
Last week I had the opportunity to join 330 marine educators from all over the coastal U.S. for a conference in Anchorage. There were teachers, informal educators from aquaria and museums, government program agents, freelance writers, artists and school district administrators. What united all th...
Jul 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Computer games teach kids ocean science
We hear it all the time: “Kids spend too much time playing computer games and don’t get out and exercise enough.” By spending less time outside and more time in the animated world, kids supposedly loose their connection with nature. These are very general statements and I am sure they contain som...
Jun 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Prickly urchins, fuzzy otters
Take a lump of clay rolled into a little ball, stick in as many toothpicks as you can, then paint the whole thing green, red, white, pink or purple. What you have just created is a neat likeness of a sea urchin. In Alaska, we commonly find the green sea urchin, which occurs around the globe in co...
May 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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