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  • Close-up shot of a willow twig with new leaves emerging beneath moose-nipped ends

    Feltleaf willows: Alaska's most abundant tree

    May 25, 2023

    Imagine being a moose in late May: You have just survived 200 days of cold and darkness by munching the equivalent of a large garbage bag full of frozen twigs each day. Now, billions of salad greens are unfolding from those same woody plants, providing a scent and texture savored for an instant before one sweep of the moose's head strips a wispy branch.
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  • Ancient marine shoreline

    UAF scientists to hunt for clues about Arctic Ocean glaciation

    May 19, 2023

    Evidence indicates a thick ice sheet, not annual sea ice and icebergs, covered the Arctic Ocean at some point during the last 140,000 years. Now, University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists will be looking for more geologic proof of the ice sheet's existence, sources, behavior and extent.
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  • Jumbled river ice covers a road in front of buildings. A steep hill partially covered with spruce trees rises in the background.

    When river breakup came to Eagle

    May 18, 2023

    EAGLE -- As the late evening sunshine poured in from the northwest, a dozen residents of Alaska's farthest upstream town on the Yukon River watched their winter race past. Floating chunks of ice spun by in lazy turns, like memories of January.
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  • Nook, the UAF mascot, stands in front of the Akasofu and Elvey buildings,  which house some of the more than two dozen research units and facilities participating in the Arctic Research Open House.

    Arctic Research Open House to surprise and delight on May 18

    May 12, 2023

    Built and launched a rocket! Watched bacteria grow in real time! Wrestle your way into an Arctic survival suit! Experience these and other unique activities at the 2023 Arctic Research Open House from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, May 18, along the West Ridge of the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Troth Yeddha' Campus.
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