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Science & Environment

Science and environmental reporting on news and community topics. Science coverage is occasionally provided by community members.

Janet Schaefer/ADGGS/AVO

The Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) has lowered the alert levels for two Aleutian volcanoes.

Bogoslof is back at the intermediate "watch" level, following a powerful eruption Tuesday night.

The volcano hasn’t produced ash since that three-hour blast and its seismicity has died off, but scientists say Bogoslof could blow again with little warning.

Meanwhile, Cleveland Volcano -- 45 miles west of Nikolski -- has been quiet since a small eruption last month.

Dave Schneider/USGS/AVO

Bogoslof Volcano exploded Tuesday night in its most powerful eruption since activity began three months ago.

Given the intensity of the three-hour blast, scientists expected Unalaskans to wake up and find the island dusted with ash.

Kristi Wallace of the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) said she was puzzled when that didn’t happen.

Courtesy Chugach Children’s Forest

 

When you open a REI catalog or page through Outside magazine, what do you see? Do the people on the page look like you? Arctic Youth Ambassador Reth Duir is working to make that imagery more representative.

Courtesy Cade Terada

 

Across the state, there’s a cohort of young Alaskans raising awareness for the rapidly changing Arctic environment. Cade Terada is one of 22 Arctic Youth Ambassadors. Growing up in Unalaska, America’s largest fishing port, he was immersed in the seafood industry.

Terada looks like a young, hip politician. Hair gelled back, the 18-year-old sports a grey quarter zip and khaki’s with an earring and a tattoo peeking out from under his sleeve.

Melissa Good

A search is underway for a young ringed seal that came ashore Sunday in Unalaska.

The stranded marine mammal was first spotted near the Kloosterboer facility at the Port of Dutch Harbor, but Melissa Good said it made its way to the Alyeska seafood plant before disappearing back into the water Monday night.

“We’re not sure if it’s sick or injured, but it’s definitely not acting healthy,” said Good, an agent for the Alaska Sea Grant program and a responder for the National Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

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