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2011-08-19 14:46:10

According to scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the mysterious goo that was found after washing up to the shorelines in a village in Alaska is made up of fungal spores. The new analysis corrected an announcement made last week by Alaska-based NOAA scientists who initially determined that the material was a conglomeration of microscopic eggs or embryos despoiled by a form of crustacean. NOAA said scientists from the agency's Center for Coastal...

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2011-08-19 07:20:52

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said Thursday that it would attempt to attach 35 satellite radio-tags to walruses on the northwestern coast of Alaska as part of an ongoing study into how the mammals are responding to reduced Arctic sea ice conditions during late summer and fall. The fast-melting Arctic sea ice seems to be pushing the walruses out onto land, with many moving near the area where oil leases have been sold, the agency said. "Sea ice is an important component in the life...

2009-07-31 18:12:50

The U.S. Census Bureau suggests it plans to begin its head count next year in a remote Alaskan village with a population of 640 or so -- but who's counting? The Census Bureau let the name of Noorvik, an Inupiat Eskimo village on the Kobuk River, slip out Thursday in Anchorage, the Anchorage Daily News reported. While Deputy Regional Director Mike Burns said after the presentation the village is not necessarily the final selection, officials suggested during the presentation that it is. The...

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2009-07-18 07:40:00

Hunters from Wainwright say that there is something big and strange floating through the Chukchi Sea between Wainwright and Barrow in the Arctic.  The hunters first spotted the thing sometime early last week.  According to Gordon Brower with the North Slope Borough's Planning and Community Services Department, whatever it is, it is thick, dark and "gooey" and is drifting for miles in the cold Arctic waters. Brower and other borough officials joined with the U.S. Coast Guard and...

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2009-04-21 09:35:00

Royal Dutch Shell's Alaska manager said the company still intends to develop a major new source of production in the Arctic waters off the Alaskan coast despite last week's decision from an appeals court in Washington, D.C. that ruled such activity to be illegal. "We still have every intention of pursuing a drilling program in the Beaufort and the Chukchi," Pete Slaiby, general manager of Shell in Alaska, told the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. The court ruling on Friday overturned the...

2009-01-07 21:59:43

A proposed gravel mine in Alaska would disrupt a caribou migration route and local subsistence hunting, critics say. The Anchorage Daily News reported Wednesday that the plan by a construction company calls for pulling gravel from roughly 40 acres near Hugo Mountain, about 18 miles northeast of Kotzebue, Alaska. The proposed gravel pit would operate from June to September each year and produce 1.6 million cubic yards of gravel over 20 years on land that passed into private ownership through...

2008-07-12 03:00:16

By Anonymous When a town is in danger of disappearing, what course of action can it take? The town of Kivalina, Alaska, has decided to get reparations, by suing two dozen oil, power, and coal companies that it claims have brought about climatic changes that are threatening its existence. Located about 625 miles northwest of Anchorage on a long, narrow barrier island sandwiched between the Chukchi Sea and the Kivalina River, the town of about 390 people has been watching its land slip into...

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2008-07-10 10:33:23

In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, two environmental groups are demanding a reversal of regulations passed last month giving permission to oil companies working in the Chukchi Sea to disturb the polar bears and walrus that live there. Filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and Pacific Environment, the lawsuit hopes to overturn a ruling reached by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last month which allows "incidental takes" of native animals to the region. The regulations, which are set to...

2008-07-10 09:00:41

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Two conservation groups filed a lawsuit on Tuesday challenging the Bush administration's decision to let oil companies unintentionally harass or harm polar bears and walruses off the northwestern Alaska coast. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Anchorage claims that federal officials violated laws designed to protect the animals and their sensitive habitat in the Arctic waters of the Chukchi Sea. "These regulations set the parameters for how oil...

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2008-03-19 12:00:00

KIVALINA, Alaska -- A tiny and impoverished Alaskan village of Inupiat Eskimos located in the Arctic Circle, Kivalina, filed a lawsuit March 4 against industrial corporations that emit large quantities of greenhouse gases. Kivalina faces imminent destruction from global warming due to the melting of sea ice that formerly protected the village from coastal storms during the fall and winter. The diminished sea ice due to global warming has caused a massive erosion problem that threatens the...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'