By Neil Davis
Do iceworms consume ice? are you able to pay attention the aurora? How does mosquito repellent work? Why are Alaskan volcanoes calmly spaced alongside the coast? Is it attainable for warm water to freeze speedier than chilly water? the place are Alaska's greater than one hundred twenty five sizzling springs? Why are northern twilights so long? Do glaciers slide or do they flow? Why do snowflakes flutter as they fall? In Alaska technology Nuggets, Neil Davis solutions those and lots of different interesting questions within the unique and informative sort that makes him one in all Alaska's favourite technological know-how writers. This compendium of approximately four hundred articles, together with articles via different participants to a technological know-how column carried by means of numerous Alaska newspapers, discusses phenomena as different because the northern lighting fixtures, permafrost, glaciers, meteorology, volcanoes, earthquakes, archaeology, Alaskan crops, mammoths, early people, and northerly living. Tourists and long-time Alaskans alike have made this much-loved ebook a bestseller for years. Alaska technological know-how Nuggets is a brilliant reference or reward for someone attracted to the exceptional normal background of the North.
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But the contiguous states were, as usual, not so lucky. Apr 78:93 A False Solar Alarm. Jupiter's Red SpotThe Auroral Connection Since it was discovered in 1665, Jupiter's Giant Red Spot has come and gonefor reasons not known. At times, it merely may have been that no one with adequate telescopes was paying attention. The Red Spot was weak or not observed at all during the rest of the 17th century. However, this period was the time of the Maunder Minimuman epoch when there were very few sunspots.
Wrangell 110 Maar Formation 111 Tolsona Mud Volcanoes 111 Why Hot Springs? 113 Alaska's Hot Springs 113 Pilgrim Hot Springs 114 Manley Hot Springs 114 Historic Alaskan Earthquakes 115 Measuring Earthquakes 115 When the Shaking Begins 116 Foreshocks and Aftershocks 116 Earthquake Prevention Techniques 116 Ten-Year Earthquake Cycle 117 Earthquake Lights 117 Seaquakes 117 Tsunamis 118 God Spared the Russians 118 Lituya Bay 118 The Big Splash 119 Khantaak Island 120 Sandblows 121 The Mogi Doughnut 122 Rock Dilatancy 123 Earthquakes and Animals 123 Mammoths and Earthquakes 124 The Unstable Earth 124 Alaskan Clay 124 Seismic Gaps 125 The Denali Fault 125 Trees as Earthquake Fault Indicators 125 Chapter Seven Northern Plants Plant Photosynthesis 127 Fast-Growing Trees 127 Birch Seeds 127 Growing Willows From Seed 128 Alaska's GiftThe Pine 128 Right- and Left-Handed Cracks 129 Diamond Willow 129 Fire and Ice 129 Black Spruce 130 Fire of Life 130 Fire and Soil 130 Historic Forest Fires 131 Leaves 131 Cottonwood and Balsam Poplar 132 Birch Sap Sugaring Off 132 Sap's Arising 133 Witches' Broom 134 Burls 134 Burls and Human Cancer 135 Growth of Cancer 136 Evergreen Trees and Marine Bacteria 136 Oil-Eating Bugs 136 Beefsteak from Wood 137 Energy from Wood 137 Self-Defense for Plants 138 Thoughts on Digging a Hole for the Outhouse 139 Fairy Rings 139 Tundra Fungi 140 Reindeer "Moss" 141 Albino Plants 141 How Does Your Garden Grow?
I am most grateful to the 36 others whose contributions have broadened the scope of the series. Also, I gratefully acknowledge the many members of the faculty of the University of Alaska and other professionals whom I have consulted to obtain accurate information during the preparation of articles. It would indeed be difficult to prepare the articles without the availability of the immense talent pool that exists on the Fairbanks campus of the University of Alaska and elsewhere in the Fairbanks areain no field did I lack for expert advice.
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