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USGS research activities relevant to Alaska have yielded more than 9400 historical publications. This page features some of the most recent newsworthy research findings.

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2019 USGS Alaska Annual Science Report
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Year Published: 1990

Time allocation by northern fulmars during the breeding season

Averaged over the whole breeding cycle (pre-laying through mid-chick stage), breeding fulmars spent about 39% of their time at the breeding site and 61% of their time at sea. Annual means of site occupancy before egg-laying were positively correlated with breeding success, suggesting that time allocation was a sensitive indicator of food...

Hatch, Scott A.

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Year Published: 1990

Tracking wildlife by satellite: Current systems and performance

Since 1984, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has used the Argos Data Collection and Location System (DCLS) and Tiros-N series satellites to monitor movements and activities of 10 species of large mammals in Alaska and the Rocky Mountain region. Reliability of the entire system was generally high. Data were received from instrumented caribou (...

Harris, Richard B.; Fancy, Steven G.; Douglas, David C.; Garner, Gerald W.; Amstrup, Steven C.; McCabe, Thomas R.; Pank, Larry F.

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Year Published: 1989

Creation of a full color geologic map by computer: A case history from the Port Moller project resource assessment, Alaska Peninsula: A section in Geologic studies in Alaska by the U.S. Geological Survey, 1988

Graphics programs on computers can facilitate the compilation and production of geologic maps, including full color maps of publication quality. This paper describes the application of two different programs, GSMAP and ARC/INFO, to the production of a geologic map of the Port Meller and adjacent 1:250,000-scale quadrangles on the Alaska Peninsula...

Wilson, Frederic H.

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Year Published: 1989

Geologic setting, petrology, and age of Pliocene to Holocene volcanoes of the Stepovak Bay area, western Alaska Peninsula: A section in Geologic studies in Alaska by the U.S. Geological Survey, 1988

Five volcanoes are situated north of Stepovak Bay on the western Alaska Peninsula; only one of these, Kupreanof volcano, had been reported prior to USGS reconnaissance geologic mapping of the area between 1982 and 1986. The volcanoes overlie sedimentary rocks of Eocene to late Miocene age and welded(?) tuff deposits of uncertain, but presumably...

Wilson, Frederic H.

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Year Published: 1989

Geologic studies in Alaska by the U.S. Geological Survey, 1988

This volume continues the annual series of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reports on geologic investigations in Alaska. Since 1975, when the first of these collections of short papers appeared under the title "The United States Geological Survey in Alaska: Accomplishments during 1975," the series has been published as USGS circulars. This bulletin...

Dover, James H.; Galloway, John P.
Geologic studies in Alaska by the U.S. Geological Survey, 1988; 1989; B; 1903; Edited by Dover, James H.; Galloway, John P.

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Year Published: 1989

Exxon Valdez bird toll

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Piatt, John F.; Lensink, Calvin J.

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Year Published: 1989

Attendance patterns of murres at breeding sites: Implications for monitoring

We studied attendance patterns (presence and absence at breeding sites) of common murres (Uria aalge) and thick-billed murres (U. lomvia) at a colony in the Semidi Islands, western Gulf of Alaska. The period from mid-laying through hatching was appropriate for censusing because counts were subject to the least amount of daily variation. Time of...

Hatch, Scott A.; Hatch, Martha A.

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Year Published: 1989

Autumn use of Izembek Lagoon, Alaska, by brant from different breeding areas

Thirty-three adult brant (Branta bernicla) were radiomarked at 4 widely separated areas of the western Canadian arctic and 1 area in western Alaska during June-August 1987. Their use of the Izembek Lagoon on the Alaska Peninsula was monitored through the 1987 fall staging period (Sep-Dec). Eighty percent of the brant (n = 33), including ≥50% of...

Reed, Austin; Stehn, Robert A.; Ward, David H.

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Year Published: 1989

Baleen whales and their prey in a coastal environment

Patterns of abundance of humpback (Megaptera novaeangliae), fin (Balaenoptera physalus), and minke (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) whales are described in relation to the abundance of their primary prey, capelin (Mallotus villosus), during 1982–1985 at Witless Bay, Newfoundland. The abundance ratio of the three whale species was 10:1:3.5,...

Piatt, John F.; Methven, David A.; Burger, Alan E.; McLagan, Ruth L.; Mercer, Vicki; Creelman, Elizabeth

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Year Published: 1989

Body composition and weight dynamics of wintering greater white-fronted geese

Adult greater white-fronted geese (Anser albifrons frontalis) wintering in southern Oregon and California increased or maintained body weight in autumn, lost weight from autumn through winter, and rapidly increased in weight before spring migration in late April. We documented significant annual differences in body weights for both sexes. We...

Ely, Craig R.; Raveling, Dennis G.

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Year Published: 1989

Continued studies on opiods and hibernation: Does the polar bear (Ursus maritimus) hibernate?

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Malan, André; Canguilhem, Bernard; Bruce, David S.; Darling, Nancy K.; Seeland, Katheleen J.; Oeltgen, Peter R.; Nilekani, Sita P.; Amstrup, Steven C.

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Cytopathology and coagulopathy associated with viral erythrocytic necrosis in chum salmon

The 8-month cytopathologic progression of viral erythrocytic necrosis (VEN) disease in chum salmon Oncorhynchus keta is described. Single to multiple acidophilic, cytoplasmic viral inclusion bodies developed first in mature erythrocytes and then, within 1–2 months, all morphologically identifiable hemopoietic cell types contained VEN inclusions....

MacMillian, John R.; Mulcahy, D.; Landolt, M.L.

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