Category: Alaska Science

Information on Volcanoes around the World, and in Alaska

I just returned from a trip to the east coast.  While I was there I visited the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington DC.  Viewing all of the information on display there can be pretty overwhelming, but a small sample…

Alaska – A Patchwork Place

Studying plate tectonics in Alaska is especially interesting because of Alaska’s history, both recent and long past.  Even our text refers over and over again to the Aleutians as an example of an island arc caused by the collision of…

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…

Glaciers in AK Lessons

U.S. National Park Service – Denali Rocks! Curriculum This link is for a curriculum guide for teaching middle school grades about the geology of Denali National Park and Preserve.  Highly recommended to check out.  Also the U.S. National Park Service…

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,…