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  • From a foreground of mixed spruce and birch forest, an expanse of yellow sand stretches away into the distance. Patches of spruce dot the sand dunes. Rolling hills and mountains rise on the far horizon under a blue sky.

    Mystery of the glass tool kit in the sand

    July 04, 2024

    From space, the Nogahabara Dunes are a splotch of blond sand about six miles in diameter surrounded by green boreal forest. Located west of the Koyukuk River, the dunes are the site of an uncommon discovery.

  • A person wearing a pink shirt holds a bone in their two hands. Behind and below is an area of dirt marked off with string and strewn with archaeology tools, including plastic collection bags and a tape measure, trowel and notebook.

    Signs of ancient man's best friend on hilltop?

    June 27, 2024

    On this rock outcrop 30 feet above the gray Tanana River and green hayfields cleared from the forest below, archaeologists have possibly found evidence of the canine companions of early Alaskans.

  • A bumblebee sits near the peak of a raceme of water-beaded pink flowers atop a fireweed plant.

    Insects of Alaska forest humming along

    June 21, 2024

    Recent long-term studies revealed a three-quarters reduction of insects in parts of Germany and an 80 percent decline of pollinating flies at a field site in Greenland. What's going on with numbers of Alaska insects?

  • On a sunny day with a few wispy clouds, two people hike on a trail over a tundra-covered ridge with rolling hills and mountains in the background.

    Journey through a sub-Arctic summer night

    June 14, 2024

    We three friends riding together in a pickup had committed to join together for the AlaskAcross, a 50-mile jaunt on foot from Eagle Summit to the Chena Hot Springs Resort.

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