More than 25,000 scientists traveled to San Francisco for the week-long conference to present their research on classic hard-science subjects and a few surprises, including the migration of creatures ranging from Alaska earthworms to humans threatened by rising sea level.
The thermometer reads 40 below zero, the only point at which the Fahrenheit and Celsius scales agree. The red liquid within his thermometer is alcohol; mercury freezes at 38 below.
The Alaska blackfish is an evolutionary loner that fins through lakes and tundra ponds across much of the state. Not much larger than a banana, the fish is different from others in the state because in addition to gathering oxygen through its gills, it can pull oxygen from free air.
Mellisa Johnson is a Native woman who grew up in Nome and now lives in Anchorage. She came to San Francisco at the invite of scientists to tell of changes more bizarre in her world than a tornado would be in downtown San Francisco.
In August, UAF scientist Ben Jones was hiking near Drew Point on the northern coast of Alaska. He noticed pilot Jim Webster walking toward him, while flicking a little yellow frisbee his way.
Most of the large animals that have walked the surface of Earth the last 100,000 years are no longer here. Why?
Adding dirt to ice makes it darker, which can help it absorb more sunlight. About one-quarter inch of rocks on top of glacier ice acts like a black tarp, melting the glacier faster. If the rock coating is thicker, which is often the case, it acts as insulation.
A few times each week, someone carries something dead or alive through the doors of the UA Museum of the North, hoping an expert can identify it…
With all the warmth-driven changes to Alaska in the news, this right-on-time snow coverage is comforting.
A few researchers took a few breaths recently to put together a new document. In it, they summarize what scientists have observed in this place that is changing faster than anywhere else in the US.