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Research Reveals Alaskan Forests’ Carbon Richness

Research Reveals Alaskan Forests’ Carbon Richness

The US Geological Survey (USGS), the US Forest Service and the University of Alaska at Fairbanks have jointly concluded an archetype study that reveals the carbon richness of Alaskan forests. The new research indicates that the forests, wetlands and permafrost of Alaska are home to much bigger carbon deposits as compared to lower 48 states.

Scientists Use Sound Waves to Detect Volcanic Activity in Alaska

Scientists Use Sound Waves to Detect Volcanic Activity in Alaska

Scientists can detect how, when and where a volcanic eruption will take place. The sound waves have been used as an effective medium for detecting volcanic eruption in a remote Alaska island to propose its hazards and intensity. The latest findings were published on April 4 in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

Gastornis and Presbyornis: Ancient Birds That Roamed Prehistoric Arctic

Gastornis and Presbyornis: Ancient Birds That Roamed Prehistoric Arctic

More than 50 million year ago, polar region Arctic was home to a giant, flightless bird, a team of researchers revealed in a new study. Researchers announced the discovery after identifying two ancient birds: Gastornis and Presbyornis. Both of them belong to extinct genus.

The new study proves that prehistoric Arctic was probably more similar to the southeastern United States than Alaska.

Research detects Harmful Algae Toxins in 13 Alaskan Marine Mammal Species

Research detects Harmful Algae Toxins in 13 Alaskan Marine Mammal Species

In an alarming new research, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revealed that harmful algae toxins have been detected in Alaska marine mammals. More than a dozen mammalian species, including whales and seals, are having algal toxic poisoning.

For the research, featured in journal Harmful Algae, the researchers examined over marine mammals that were stranded or harvested in Alaska in about a decade, from 2004 to 2013. The NOAA partnered with some other agencies and look mainly for two algal toxins: domoic acid and saxitoxin acid.

Huge bird species roamed prehistoric Arctic region: researchers discover

Huge bird species roamed prehistoric Arctic region: researchers discover

A team of paleontologists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the UC Boulder claimed to have discovered a huge vegan bird species that roamed the Arctic region more than 50 million years ago.

Ugrunaaluks lived in an area that was definitely a forested zone, says Druckenmiller

Ugrunaaluks lived in an area that was definitely a forested zone, says Druckenmi

This week, a recently found dinosaur species with a duckbill and the habits of a moose, was officially named as Ugrunaaluk kuukpikensis. It was a species of hadrosaur, or duckbilled dinosaur, and used to roam 69 million years ago in Alaska.

The name of the species has been derived from Inupiaq, the language of Alaska Inupiat Eskimos that means 'ancient grazer'.

Obama climbs glacier in Alaska to raise awareness about climate change

Obama climbs glacier in Alaska to raise awareness about climate change

It has been reported that President Barack Obama climbed a glacier in Alaska so as to sound climate change warning. The Exit Glacier, which is 2 miles long, has been retreating at a rapid pace in past few years. More than 800 feet has melted in nearly eight years.

Obama said, "This is as good of a signpost of what we're dealing with when it comes to climate change as just about anything. We want to make sure that our grandkids can see this”. He called the glacier “spectacular”.

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