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  • A fly with iridescent eyes and a body covered with orange, brown and black fuzzy hairs rests on a piece of black plastic.

    Moose flies flourish in high-summer Alaska

    July 22, 2024

    While boating down the Yukon River during the hottest summer recorded in Alaska (1915, when Fort Yukon reached 100 degrees Fahrenheit), missionary Hudson Stuck wrote about the wildlife that most bothered his party.

  • An expanse of yellow sand dunes abuts green forest and lakes in a picture taken from a small aircraft. The plane's wing struts and float are visible in the photo.

    Sand dunes a unique Alaska landscape

    July 15, 2024

    From a molded seat of sand dug into the western rim of a 5-mile oval of desert, I'm looking out over a sea of tan waves. Spruce spears stick up here and there through the sand.

  • From a foreground of mixed spruce and birch forest, an expanse of yellow sand stretches away into the distance. Patches of spruce dot the sand dunes. Rolling hills and mountains rise on the far horizon under a blue sky.

    Mystery of the glass tool kit in the sand

    July 04, 2024

    From space, the Nogahabara Dunes are a splotch of blond sand about six miles in diameter surrounded by green boreal forest. Located west of the Koyukuk River, the dunes are the site of an uncommon discovery.

  • A person wearing a pink shirt holds a bone in their two hands. Behind and below is an area of dirt marked off with string and strewn with archaeology tools, including plastic collection bags and a tape measure, trowel and notebook.

    Signs of ancient man's best friend on hilltop?

    June 27, 2024

    On this rock outcrop 30 feet above the gray Tanana River and green hayfields cleared from the forest below, archaeologists have possibly found evidence of the canine companions of early Alaskans.

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