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  • 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.

  • Two snowmachines, one pulling a wooden box sledge, sit on an expanse of snow-covered sea ice, some of which is jumbled into pressure ridges.

    Did sea ice help populate the Americas?

    June 07, 2024

    A team of scientists has proposed winter sea ice as a possible ephemeral highway through and around Alaska and into the New World.

  • Farm buildings, many painted red, sit on a hillside surrounded by fenced pens, fields and forests of aspen, birch and balsam poplar turned golden by the fall season.

    The gardening potential of the Last Frontier

    May 30, 2024

    More than 100 years ago, a man traveled north on a mission most people thought was ridiculous -- to see if crops would grow in the frozen wasteland known as the Territory of Alaska.

  • A woman holding a child stands in a depression in a forest while another child sits on a log suspended above the hole.

    A backyard science expedition, in diapers

    May 23, 2024

    A fist-size opening in the forest floor exhausted so much air this spring that it built its own chimney of frost. A university researcher -- and her kids -- helped investigate.

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