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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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2020 USGS Alaska Annual Science Report
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Year Published: 1979

The United States Geological Survey in Alaska: Accomplishments during 1978

This circular describes the 1979 programs of the U.S. Geological Survey in Alaska. The mission of the Geological Survey is to identify the Nation 's land, water, energy, and mineral resources; to classify federally-owned mineral lands and water-power sites; to resolve the exploration and development of energy and natural resources on Federal and...

Johnson, Kathleen M.; Williams, John R.
The United States Geological Survey in Alaska; accomplishments during 1978; 1979; CIR; 804-B; Edited by Johnson, Kathleen M.; Williams, John R.

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A preliminary assessment of the timing and migration of shorebirds along the northcentral Alaska Peninsula

An intensive study of post-breeding and migrating shorebirds was conducted in 1976 on a major estuary of the Alaska Peninsula at Nelson Lagoon. Twenty species were recorded, eight of them breeding on the study area. Temporal patterns of relative abundance were obtained from aerial and ground censuses. Prominent events in the seasonal southward...

Pitelka, Frank A.; Gill, Robert E.; Jorgensen, Paul D.

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Dispersal and migratory patterns of San Francisco Bay produced herons, egrets, and terns

San Francisco Bay, California, including its fringing marshes, supports a large and diverse water related avifauna (Grinnell and Wythe 19271 Sibley 1952, Gill 1973, 1977). Certain of man's alterations of the Bay's shallower wetlands have resulted in increased habitat diversity which has allowed colonization by several species of birds including...

Gill, Robert E.; Mewaldt, L. Richard

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Nesting ecology of Arctic loons

Arctic Loons were studied on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska, from the time of their arrival in May to their departure in September, in 1974 and 1975. Pairs arrived on breeding ponds as soon as sufficient meltwater was available to allow their take-off and landing. Loons apparently do not initiate nests immediately after their arrival, even when...

Petersen, Margaret R.

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Paleozoic rocks on the Alaska Peninsula: A section in The United States Geological Survey in Alaska: Accomplishments during 1978

Two small areas of middle Paleozoic limestone were discovered near Gertrude Creek, 16 km north of Becharof Lake on the Alaska Peninsula, during reconnaissance flying as part of the Alaska Mineral Resource Assessment Program (AMRAP) for the Alaska Peninsula. Previously, the only known occurrence of Paleozoic rocks on the Alaska Peninsula was a...

Detterman, Robert L.; Case, James E.; Wilson, Frederic H.

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Pomarine jaeger preys on adult black-legged kittiwake

On 5 June 1977, while on a cruise in the decomposing pack ice in the Bering Sea, we observed a light phase Pomarine Jaeger (Stercorarius pomarinus) attack, kill and feed on an adult Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla), 1 of approximately 10 individuals within 20 m of the ship's stern. We did not observe the birds until 1 min after the...

Divoky, George J.; Oakley, Karen L.; Huber, H.R.

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Tufted Puffins nesting in estuarine habitat

The Tufted Puffin (Lunda cirrhata) apparently has the most extensive breeding distribution of any North Pacific seabird, extending in the western North Pacific from Hokkaido to the north Chukotsk Peninsula on the Chukchi Sea, and in North America from Cape Lisburne on the Chukchi Sea, south to the Farallon Islands off central California (Udvardy...

Gill, Robert E.; Sanger, Gerald A.

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Yolk formation in some Charadriiform birds

By counting and measuring the major ova of breeding birds at autopsy and combining these data with time intervals between ovipositions, rough estimates have been made of the time required to form yolk in some non-captive birds (King 1973). Direct studies have been made in domestic fowl (Gallus gallus var. domesticus; Gilbert 1972), turkeys (...

Roudybush, T.E.; Grau, C.R.; Petersen, Margaret R.; Ainley, D.G.; Hirsch, K.V.; Gilman, A.P.; Patten, S.M.

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New ages on intrusive rocks and altered zones in the Alaska Peninsula: A section in The United States Geological Survey in Alaska: Accomplishments during 1977

Preliminary potassium-argon dating of intrusive rocks and altered zones in the Chignik and Sutwik Island quadrangles of the Alaska Peninsula seems to indicate at least three and possibly four Tertiary ages of alteration and mineralization.

Wilson, Frederic H.; Detterman, Robert L.; Silberman, Miles L.

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Catalog of Alaskan seabird colonies

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Sowls, Arthur L.; Hatch, Scott A.; Len-Sink, C. J.
Catalog of Alaskan seabird colonies; 1978; Federal Government Series; FWSOBS; 78/78; Sowls, Arthur L.; Hatch, S. A.; Len-Sink, C. J.

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The United States Geological Survey in Alaska: Accomplishments during 1977

United States Geological Survey projects in Alaska study a wide range of topics of economic and scientific interest. Work done in 1977 includes contributions to economic geology, regional geology, stratigraphy, engineering geology, hydrology, and marine geology. Many maps and reports covering various aspects of the geology and mineral and water...

Johnson, Kathleen M.
The United States Geological Survey in Alaska; accomplishments during 1977; 1978; CIR; 772-B; Edited by Johnson, Kathleen M.

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