Using $3,200 of his own money, microbiologist Johan Hultin, then 72, traveled to Brevig Mission to collect buried samples from Alaska Natives who died during the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic that killed an estimated 20-40 million people.
Though Arctic Alaska is warming and permafrost is thawing, the area so far has been spared from the scourge of excessive methane emissions, according to data collected by a NASA-managed research project. Yereth Rosen
Grisly sea star deaths are continuing to litter the tidelands along the West Coast with decaying, ghostly goo, but at least scientists now believe they may have identified a potential culprit.Craig Welch | The Seattle Times
Army Lt. Henry Allen got to know Alaska Natives as few white men had. He adopted their footwraps (or went barefoot when paddling downstream), ate their food and coaxed some of them into guiding him.Ned Rozell
While maps of Canada’s Klondike region just to the east are up-to-date and precise, geologic maps for the Alaska area right across the border are less detailed and do not match the Canadian side. The U.S. Geological Survey, with help from counterparts in Canada, is trying to fix that.Yereth Rosen
Warm waters are melting Antarctica's ice sheet at an unprecedented rate, but scientists have been unsure how such warm water is finding its way to one of the coldest regions of the planet. Until now.Noelle Swan
Two ice-age infants discovered at an ancient campsite in Interior Alaska are the oldest human remains ever found in the North American Arctic and Subarctic, and among the oldest discovered on the entire continent, according to researchers with the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
The world’s most acidic ocean waters are found in the winter in the Bering Sea, according to 40 years of measurements. But its acidification appears to be increasing less quickly than that in the rest of the world’s ocean waters.Yereth Rosen