Unified Interior Regions

Alaska

The Alaska Region represents a resource-rich, dynamic landscape shaped by volcanos, earthquakes, major rivers, and glaciers. Here, we conduct research to inform management of Alaska’s extensive natural resources, inform national Arctic energy policy, and provide scientific information to help others understand, respond to, and mitigate impacts from natural hazards.

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A Pacific sand lance, Pacific herrring and a capelin in Prince William Sound, Alaska
June 30, 2004

A Pacific sand lance, Pacific herrring and a capelin

A Pacific sand lance, Pacific herrring and a capelin in Prince William Sound, Alaska

A catch of Pacific sandlance, capelin and other forage fish
June 24, 2004

A catch of Pacific sandlance, capelin and other forage fish

A catch of Pacific sandlance, capelin and other forage fish

Emperor geese standing at the ocean shoreline
February 10, 2004

Emperor geese standing at the shoreline near Kodiak

Emperor geese standing at the shoreline near Kodiak.

Three-dimensional cartoon showing features of an area of the seafloor in relief, near a coastline.
December 31, 2003

Resurrection Bay multibeam imagery

Sonar-generated image showing underwater topography and the potential for landslides near the head of Resurrection Bay, Alaska. The terrain looks three times as steep as it occurs naturally. The arrow points to underwater landslide debris from the collapse of a fan-delta following the great Alaskan earthquake of 1964. The town of Seward, which suffered much damage and lost

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December 11, 2003

PubTalk 12/2003 — What's Happening to Alaska's Glaciers?

Their Dynamic Response to Changing Climate and Other Factors

by Bruce F. Molnia, Research Geologist 

 

  • Although the oceans contain more than 95% of the Earth.s water, glaciers hold 75% of the fresh water
  • If all the world's glaciers melted, sea level would rise more than 250 feet
  • Of Alaska.s 2,000 or so
Attribution: Region 11: Alaska
Scientist holding a bird
September 24, 2003

Scientist holding a Grey-cheeked Thrush

Scientist holding a Grey-cheeked Thrush

Scientist holding a Common Redpoll songbird
September 22, 2003

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll 

A flock of Steller's Eiders in the Izembek Lagoon. Isanotski Volcano in the background
September 18, 2003

Steller's Eiders in Izembek Lagoon. Isanotski Volcano in background

Steller's Eiders in Izembek Lagoon. Isanotski Volcano in background

Small bird with crossed beak
September 11, 2003

Black-capped Chickadee with upper long, curved down beak and crossed

Black-capped Chickadee with upper long, curved down beak and crossed.

Four clams on a piece of plywood
June 23, 2003

Four clams taken from a sea otter forage survey

Clams layed out on a piece of plywood as part of a sea otter forage survey in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Pacific Brant family in Alaska
June 15, 2003

Pacific Brant family in Alaska

Pacific brant family on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska.

Juvenile salmon and a stickleback from the Kuskokwim Bay, Alaska
May 21, 2003

Juvenile salmon from the Kuskokwim Bay, Alaska

Results from a trawl run in Kuskokwim Bay.  Mostly juvenile chum salmon and one stickleback.