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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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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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Conceptual ecological models to support detection of ecological change on Alaska National Wildlife Refuges

More than 31 million hectares of land are protected and managed in 16 refuges by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in Alaska. The vastness and isolation of Alaskan refuges give rise to relatively intact and complete ecosystems. The potential for these lands to provide habitat for trust species is likely to be altered, however, due to...

Woodward, Andrea; Beever, Erik A.
Conceptual ecological models to support detection of ecological change on Alaska National Wildlife Refuges; 2011; OFR; 2011-1085; Woodward, Andrea; Beever, Erik A.

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A paleoseismic study along the central Denali Fault, Chistochina Glacier area, south-central Alaska

In the Chistochina Glacier area of south-central Alaska, the active trace of the Denali fault is well defined by prominent tectonic geomorphology, including scarps, grabens, and mole tracks associated with the 2002 Mw=7.9 Denali fault earthquake. Interpretation of a trench excavated across the 2002 rupture trace places a constraint on the timing...

Koehler, R. D.; Personius, Stephen; Schwartz, David P.; Haeussler, Peter; Seitz, G. G.

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Limnological and water-quality data from Wonder Lake, Chilchukabena Lake, and Lake Minchumina, Denali National Park and Preserve and surrounding area, Alaska, June 2006-August 2008

Growing visitor traffic and resource use, as well as natural and anthropogenic land and climatic changes, can place increasing stress on lake ecosystems in Denali National Park and Preserve. Baseline data required to substantiate impact assessment in this sub-arctic region is sparse to non-existent. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with...

Long, D.A.; Arp, C.D.
Limnological and water-quality data from Wonder Lake, Chilchukabena Lake, and Lake Minchumina, Denali National Park and Preserve and surrounding area, Alaska, June 2006-August 2008; 2011; OFR; 2010-1322; Long, D.A.; Arp, C.D.

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Interspecific exchange of avian influenza virus genes in Alaska: The influence of trans-hemispheric migratory tendency and breeding ground sympatry

The movement and transmission of avian influenza viral strains via wild migratory birds may vary by host species as a result of migratory tendency and sympatry with other infected individuals. To examine the roles of host migratory tendency and species sympatry on the movement of Eurasian low-pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) genes into North...

Pearce, John M.; Reeves, Andrew B.; Ramey, Andrew M.; Hupp, Jerry W.; Ip, Hon S.; Bertram, M.; Petrula, M.J.; Scotton, B.D.; Trust, K.A.; Meixell, Brandt W.; Runstadler, J.A.
Interspecific exchange of avian influenza virus genes in Alaska: the influence of trans-hemispheric migratory tendency and breeding ground sympatry; 2011; Article; Journal; Molecular Ecology; Pearce, John M.; Reeves, A. B.; Ramey, A. M.; Hupp, J. W.; Ip, H. S.; Bertram, M.; Petrula, M. J.; Scotton, B. D.; Trust, K. A.; Meixell, B. W.; Runstadler, J. A.

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Review of the origin of the Braid Scarp near the Pebble prospect, southwestern Alaska

A linear geomorphic scarp, referred to as the 'Braid Scarp,' lies about 5 kilometers north of Iliamna Lake, Alaska, and has been identified as a possible seismically active fault. We examined the geomorphology of the area and an 8.5-meter-long excavation across the scarp. We conclude that the scarp was formed by incision of a glacial outwash braid...

Haeussler, Peter J.; Waythomas, Christopher F.
Review of the origin of the Braid Scarp near the Pebble prospect, southwestern Alaska; 2011; OFR; 2011-1028; Haeussler, Peter J.; Waythomas, Christopher F.

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Seasonal variation in nutritional characteristics of the diet of greater white-fronted geese

We studied diet and habitat use of greater white-fronted geese (Anser albifrons) from autumn through spring on their primary staging and wintering areas in the Pacific Flyway, 1979–1982. There have been few previous studies of resource use and forage quality of wintering greater white-fronted geese in North America, and as a consequence there has...

Ely, Craig R.; Raveling, Dennis G.
Seasonal variation in nutritional characteristics of the diet of greater white-fronted geese; 2011; Article; Journal; Wildlife Management; Ely, Craig R.; Raveling, Dennis G.

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Lack of genetic polymorphism among peregrine falcons Falco peregrinus of Fiji

We compared levels of genetic diversity and isolation among peregrine falcons Falco peregrinus from two South Pacific island complexes (Fiji and Vanuatu: F. p. nesiotes), relative to other island and mainland populations. Fragment data from 12 microsatellite loci and sequence information from the control region of the mitochondrial DNA indicated...

Talbot, Sandra L.; Palmer, Angela G.; Sage, George K.; Sonsthagen, Sarah A.; Swem, Ted; Brimm, Daniel J.; White, C.M.

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Seismic swarm associated with the 2008 eruption of Kasatochi Volcano, Alaska: earthquake locations and source parameters

An energetic seismic swarm accompanied an eruption of Kasatochi Volcano in the central Aleutian volcanic arc in August of 2008. In retrospect, the first earthquakes in the swarm were detected about 1 month prior to the eruption onset. Activity in the swarm quickly intensified less than 48 h prior to the first large explosion and subsequently...

Ruppert, Natalia G.; Prejean, Stephanie G.; Hansen, Roger A.
Seismic swarm associated with the 2008 eruption of Kasatochi Volcano, Alaska: earthquake locations and source parameters; 2011; Article; Journal; Journal of Geophysical Research; Ruppert, Natalia G.; Prejean, Stephanie G.; Hansen, Roger A.

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Migration And wintering areas Of Glaucous-winged Gulls From south-central Alaska

We used satellite telemetry to investigate the migration patterns and wintering areas of Glaucous-winged Gulls (Larus glaucescens) from Middleton Island, Alaska, where this species' population increased tenfold from the 1970s to the 1990s. Fall migration spanned 11 weeks, including numerous stopovers en route, apparently for feeding. Spring...

Hatch, Scott A.; Gill, V.A.; Mulcahy, Daniel M.

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