Science

Hundreds of wildfires are continually whipping across this state this summer, leaving in their wake millions of acres of charred trees and blackened earth.Chris Mooney | The Washington Post
Since the 1970s, waves in the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea have grown higher and are spaced farther apart. The changes correlate with the loss of summer and fall sea ice and the expansion of open waters, the study found.Yereth Rosen
An extinct Alaska version of Scotland's mythical Loch Ness Monster, identified last month in the Talkeetna Mountains, will be part of a multimedia diorama in Midtown Anchorage by artist James Havens. Mike Dunham
A female seal pup found orphaned and hurt on Douglas Island was taken to the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. Such reports are unusual this late in the year but this one was the second in the same week -- and one of a string of incidents involving injured or dead marine mammals in Alaska waters this summer.Yereth Rosen
Warmer water as a consequence of climate change could threaten Swedish shrimp production on the west coast, as the animals could move north to find a cooler environment. A new Swedish study shows that the distribution of the North Sea prawn, also known as pink shrimp, is connected to water temperature, which could cause it to disappear from Sweden’s coasts.Radio Sweden
GPS and other data collected during a June climb of Denali is being analyzed with a goal of determining a new summit altitude by late August.Associated Press
A newly discovered infestation of the invasive water weed elodea in a busy Anchorage seaplane base has prompted a speedier than normal response, with eradication efforts to begin Friday.Yereth Rosen
Tough restrictions that shut down fishing at the start of this year’s king salmon run on the Kuskokwim River may have made a difference.Lisa Demer
The University of Alaska Museum of the North says researchers have confirmed the discovery of a marine reptile fossil in the Talkeetna Mountains.Dan Joling | Associated Press
Ten new interpretive signs are in place to help explain the impact of the 1964 earthquake on that part of Anchorage, especially the massive earth slide that stretched for about a mile.Mike Campbell