Alaska Science Center


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Date published: March 20, 2014

The Science Behind the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake and Tsunami

Why does the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake Matter 50 Years Later? Scientific experts will talk about a half-century of scientific and monitoring advances triggered by the 1964 events.

Date published: March 11, 2014

"Ultra Marathon Champion" Bird May Plan Flights Based on Weather Across Pacific

A recent U.S. Geological Survey-led study of the bar-tailed godwit, a shorebird known famously as the ultimate marathon champion of bird flight, suggests that these birds can sense broad weather patterns and optimally time their long, nonstop, transoceanic migrations to destinations thousands of miles away. 

Date published: February 28, 2014

25 Years After the Exxon Valdez, Sea Otter Population at Pre-Spill Levels

Nearly 25 years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill injured wildlife off the coast of Alaska, a new report issued today by the U.S. Geological Survey indicates that sea otters have returned to pre-spill numbers within the most heavily oiled areas of Prince William Sound.

Date published: February 20, 2014

Media Advisory: USGS to Host Congressional Briefing: Earthquake Science and Remaining Mysteries

It's 1964 in Alaska. Imagine 4.5 minutes of powerful ground shaking underneath you from a magnitude 9.2 earthquake. You and your loved ones are then faced with resulting landslides and a devastating tsunami. You just experienced the largest earthquake ever recorded in North America. 

Date published: January 21, 2014

Sea Ice Decline and Permafrost Thaw Create Goose Habitat in Arctic Alaska

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey report that warming temperatures are leading to the creation of high quality habitats for geese along the Arctic coast of Alaska. This scientific finding is contrary to the deleterious effects that warming global temperatures are having on habitats of sea ice-dependent animals, such as polar bear and walrus.

Date published: November 21, 2013

New Book Celebrates Cup’ik Youth

25 Years of Goose Banding and Conservation through Federal and Tribal Partnership on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in Western Alaska

Date published: July 30, 2013

Zoo Polar Bear Sports High -Tech Neckwear for Conservation

Study will help biologists track wild polar bears' response to climate change. In partnership with: Oregon Zoo

Date published: June 27, 2013

Potential Hot Spot for Avian Flu Transmission Identified in Western Alaska

Low-pathogenic avian influenza viruses with Eurasian genes have been found among birds in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta of western Alaska, supporting the theory that the area is a potential point of entry for foreign animal diseases such as the more highly pathogenic H5N1 strain, according to a new study by U.S. Geological Survey scientists.

Date published: June 4, 2013

Research on Rare Earth Elements in Alaska Could Help Make Them Less Rare

A unique deposit of heavy rare earth elements at Alaska's Bokan Mountain could help scientists understand how rare earth element deposits form, according to new research by geologists from Saint Mary's University in Halifax and the U.S. Geological Survey. Rare earth elements are important, but scarce, elements used in components in many cutting edge electronic and defense technologies.

Date published: May 30, 2013

Alaska Geochemical Database Updated

Multiple sources of Alaskan geochemical information have united into one online resource. 

Date published: November 14, 2012

USGS Study Tracks Pacific Walrus, Observes Effects of Arctic Sea Ice Loss on Behavior

Sparse summer sea ice in the Arctic over the past five years has caused behavioral changes in Pacific walruses according to research published by U.S. Geological Survey and Russian scientists. The effects on the walrus population are unknown.

Date published: June 26, 2012

Shrews in the News -- Rapid Evolution of Shrews in Response to Climate Change

Shrews are among a diverse group of small mammals that have rapidly evolved in response to climate change, according to a new study released this month.