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Alaska Science Center

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Anchorage, AK 99508
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Volcano Science Center

Volcano Science Center

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Anchorage, AK 99508
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Climate Adaptation Science Center

Climate Adaptation Science Center

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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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An adaptive-management framework for optimal control of hiking near golden eagle nests in Denali National Park

Unintended effects of recreational activities in protected areas are of growing concern. We used an adaptive-management framework to develop guidelines for optimally managing hiking activities to maintain desired levels of territory occupancy and reproductive success of Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) in Denali National Park (Alaska, U.S.A.)....

Martin, Julien; Fackler, Paul L.; Nichols, James D.; Runge, Michael C.; McIntyre, Carol L.; Lubow, Bruce L.; McCluskie, Maggie C.; Schmutz, Joel A.

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Depositional setting and geochemistry of phosphorites and metalliferous black shales in the Carboniferous-Permian Lisburne Group, Northern Alaska

Phosphatic rocks are distributed widely in the Lisburne Group, a mainly Carboniferous carbonate succession that occurs throughout northern Alaska. New sedimentologic, paleontologic, and geochemical data presented here constrain the geographic and stratigraphic extent of these strata and their depositional and paleogeographic settings. Our findings...

Dumoulin, Julie A.; Slack, John F.; Whalen, Michael T.; Harris, Anita G.
Depositional setting and geochemistry of phosphorites and metalliferous black shales in the Carboniferous-Permian Lisburne Group, Northern Alaska; 2011; PP; 1776-C; Dumoulin, Julie A.; Slack, John F.; Whalen, Michael T.; Harris, Anita G.

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Geologic map of Saint Lawrence Island, Alaska

Saint Lawrence Island is located in the northern Bering Sea, 190 km southwest of the tip of the Seward Peninsula, Alaska, and 75 km southeast of the Chukotsk Peninsula, Russia (see index map, map sheet). It lies on a broad, shallow-water continental shelf that extends from western Alaska to northeastern Russia. The island is situated on a...

Patton, William W.; Wilson, Frederic H.; Taylor, Theresa A.
Geologic map of Saint Lawrence Island, Alaska; 2011; SIR; 3146; Patton, William W., Jr.; Wilson, Frederic H.; Taylor, Theresa A.

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Location and extent of Tertiary structures in Cook Inlet Basin, Alaska, and mantle dynamics that focus deformation and subsidence

This report is a new compilation of the location and extent of folds and faults in Cook Inlet Basin, Alaska. Data sources are previously published maps, well locations, and seismic-reflection data. We also utilize interpretation of new aeromagnetic data and some proprietary seismic-reflection data. Some structures are remarkably well displayed on...

Haeussler, Peter J.; Saltus, Richard W.
Location and extent of Tertiary structures in Cook Inlet Basin, Alaska, and mantle dynamics that focus deformation and subsidence; 2011; PP; 1776-D; Haeussler, Peter J.; Saltus, Richard W.

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Projected status of the Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) in the twenty-first century

Extensive and rapid losses of sea ice in the Arctic have raised conservation concerns for the Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens), a large pinniped inhabiting arctic and subarctic continental shelf waters of the Chukchi and Bering seas. We developed a Bayesian network model to integrate potential effects of changing environmental...

Jay, Chadwick V.; Marcot, Bruce G.; Douglas, David C.
Jay, C. V., B. G. Marcot, and D. C. Douglas. 2011. Projected status of the Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) in the twenty-first century. Polar Biology 34(7):1065-1084. doi:10.1007/s00300-011-0967-4

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An individual and a sex odor signature in kittiwakes? Study of the semiochemical composition of preen secretion and preen down feathers

The importance of olfaction in birds' social behavior has long been denied. Avian chemical signaling has thus been relatively unexplored. The black-legged kittiwake provides a particularly appropriate model for investigating this topic. Kittiwakes preferentially mate with genetically dissimilar individuals, but the cues used to assess genetic...

Leclaire, Sarah; Merkling, Thomas; Raynaud, C.; Giacinti, Géraldine; Bessiere, J.-M.; Hatch, Scott A.; Danchin, Etienne
Leclaire, S., T. Merkling, C. Raynaud, G. Giacinti, J. Bessiere, S. A. Hatch, and E. Danchin. 2011. An individual and a sex odor signature in kittiwakes? Study of the semiochemical composition of preen secretion and preen down feathers. Naturwissenschaften 98(7):615-624. doi:10.1007/s00114-011-0809-9

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Comparative mitochondrial genetics of North American and Eurasian mergansers with an emphasis on the endangered scaly-sided merganser (Mergus squamatus)

The scaly-sided merganser, Mergus squamatus, is considered one of the most threatened sea duck species in the Palearctic with limited breeding and wintering distribution in China and Russia. To provide information for future conservation efforts, we sequenced a portion of the mitochondrial (mt) DNA control region in four species of mergansers...

Solovyeva, Diana V.; Pearce, John M.
Comparative mitochondrial genetics of North American and Eurasian mergansers with an emphasis on the endangered scaly-sided merganser (Mergus squamatus); 2011; Article; Journal; Conservation Genetics; Solovyeva, Diana V.; Pearce, John M,

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Distribution and density of marine birds and mammals along the Kenai Fjords National Park coastline - March 2010

From March 21, 2010 to March 24, 2010, a winter marine bird and mammal skiff-based survey along the coast of Kenai Fjords National Park (KEFJ) was completed. This was the second winter survey completed for KEFJ since 2008. The primary objectives of the SWAN winter surveys are to characterize the species composition, density and distribution of the...

Coletti, Heather A.; Esslinger, George G.; Bodkin, James L.
Coletti, H. A. J. L. Bodkin and G. G. Esslinger. 2011. Distribution and density of marine birds and mammals along the Kenai Fjords National Park coastline - March 2010: Southwest Alaska Network Inventory and Monitoring Program. Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/SWAN/NRTR—2011/451. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Surficial geologic map of the Noatak National Preserve, Alaska

The surficial geologic map of the Noatak National Preserve (NNP) is a compilation that incorporates portions of four published USGS maps (Hamilton, 1980, 1981, 1984a,b), a USGS Open-File Report (Hamilton, 2003), and unpublished field mapping. It covers an area of about 28,700 km2, and includes parts of eight 1:250,000-scale quadrangles. The mapped...

Hamilton, Thomas D.
Surficial geologic map of the Noatak National Preserve, Alaska; 2011; SIM; 3036; Hamilton, Thomas D.

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Gulkana Glacier, Alaska-Mass balance, meteorology, and water measurements, 1997-2001

The measured winter snow, maximum winter snow, net, and annual balances for 1997-2001 in the Gulkana Glacier basin are determined at specific points and over the entire glacier area using the meteorological, hydrological, and glaciological data. We provide descriptions of glacier geometry to aid in estimation of conventional and reference surface...

March, Rod S.; O'Neel, Shad
Gulkana Glacier, Alaska-Mass balance, meteorology, and water measurements, 1997-2001; 2011; SIR; 2011-5046; March, Rod S.; O'Neel, Shad

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The Cannery Formation--Devonian to Early Permian arc-marginal deposits within the Alexander Terrane, Southeastern Alaska

The Cannery Formation consists of green, red, and gray ribbon chert, siliceous siltstone, graywacke-chert turbidites, and volcaniclastic sandstone. Because it contains early Permian fossils at and near its type area in Cannery Cove, on Admiralty Island in southeastern Alaska, the formation was originally defined as a Permian stratigraphic unit....

Karl, Susan M.; Layer, Paul W.; Harris, Anita G.; Haeussler, Peter J.; Murchey, Benita L.
The Cannery Formation--Devonian to Early Permian arc-marginal deposits within the Alexander Terrane, Southeastern Alaska; 2011; PP; 1776-B; Karl, Susan M.; Layer, Paul W.; Harris, Anita G.; Haeussler, Peter J.; Murchey, Benita L.

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Fossil locations and data for the Taylor Mountains, and parts of the Bethel, Goodnews, and Dillingham quadrangles, southwestern Alaska

Information about fossils collected by U.S. Geological Survey, State of Alaska, academic, and industry geologists that have been reported in literature or archived in reports from the former U.S. Geological Survey Branch of Paleontology and Stratigraphy are compiled on a plate and table in this report to provide comprehensive paleontologic age...

Karl, Susan M.; Blodgett, R.B.; Labay, Keith A.; Box, S.E.; Bradley, D. C.; Miller, Marti L.; Wallace, W.K.; Baichtal, J.F.
Fossil locations and data for the Taylor Mountains, and parts of the Bethel, Goodnews, and Dillingham quadrangles, southwestern Alaska; 2011; OFR; 2011-1065; Karl, S.M.; Blodgett, R.B.; Labay, K.A.; Box, S.E.; Bradley, D.C.; Miller, M.L.; Wallace, W.K.; Baichtal, J.F.

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