Author: Sarah

Who cares about glaciers?

I thought this article about the water supply for the city of Anchorage might help answer that question, because it shows one practical reason why people study glaciers.  One could use this article as an introduction to the topic of glaciers, because…

Flooding in Fairbanks

Flooding is nothing new in Fairbanks.  June Allen reports that in 1905 the town was flooded when ice piled up against a bridge in Fairbanks, damming the river.  In order to save the town the bridge had to be dynamited,…

Virtual Tour of Chena River Flood Control Project and Lake Park

This virtual tour is simply a powerpoint presentation and nothing really fancy, but it does provide information on the history of the flood control project as well as maps of the project.  I would guess that almost all of my…

Acid Mine Drainage

If we are going to be talking about mining in my class, I would also like to discuss some of the environmental issues involved in mining.  There has been a lot of controversy recently about mining and its potential effects…

Fort Knox Gold Mine

If possible, I’d like to take students on a tour of Fort Knox Gold Mine near Fairbanks.  Fort Knox employs about 500 people in Fairbanks and Pogo Mine (near Delta) employs about 300 people.  As such they are an important…