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November 17, 2017

Beavers slapping tails on far-north waters

Animals the size of Labrador retrievers are changing the face of Alaska, creating new ponds visible from space.

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November 10, 2017

Salmon complete 1,000-mile journey, and life

On a morning with biting air in the single digits Fahrenheit, this river smells like sulfur and is splashy and loud. Bald eagles and ravens swoop in the updraft of a nearby rock bluff in what looks like play.

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November 3, 2017

When Jerry Brown came to Nome

The California governor was stopping in Nome on his way to a meeting in Russia. The 79-year-old environmentalist and leader of a state that resembles a progressive nation wanted to learn why the far north matters. He had never been to the Arctic or Alaska before.

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October 27, 2017

Biographer profiles scientist-explorer of northeast Alaska

In the early 1900s, Ernest Leffingwell lived for nine summers and six winters in a cabin on Flaxman Island, a wedge of sand off Alaska’s northern coast 58 miles west of Kaktovik.

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October 19, 2017

Wolves a defining part of Alaska landscape

The wolf tracks appeared as they always do, as a surprise.

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October 13, 2017

Algae’s athletic role in glacier melt

Life exists everywhere you look. Even on glacier ice, home to inch-long worms, snow fleas, bacteria and algae.

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October 6, 2017

Finding far-north lynx den part of cycle study

There, at the root ball of a downed balsam poplar, were six lynx kittens the size of yarn balls…

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September 29, 2017

Prehistoric reptile one mile above McCarthy

It started in 1963, when 23-year-old geologist David Whistler sat down for lunch on a rocky hilltop one mile above Kennicott Glacier…

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September 21, 2017

Hurricanes and far north sea ice

Hurricanes don’t happen in Alaska because those storms are tropical by nature, but typhoons (another word for hurricanes) sometimes track north into the Bering Sea…

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September 15, 2017

Turning on the aurora switch with HAARP

People travel north from all over for a chance to see the aurora. Soon, Chris Fallen will make his own.

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