Category: Alaska Science

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…

Alaskan Glacier Quakes?

What?? That’s what I said when I read that.  But what NASA and the USGS are reporting is that as glaciers are rapidly melting in southern Alaska they are lightening the load on Earth’s crust, allowing tectonic plates to move more freely. …