Epic Fantasy Sculpture Wins Top Prize At World Ice Art Championships

Behold "Fighter," crafted by a team of ice-carving artists (Japan's Junichi Nakamura and Shinichi Sawamura, and the U.S.'s Chan Kitburi and Dean Murray). It took first prize in the multi-block division and a Governor's Award (voted on by event volunteers) at the 2015 World Ice Art Competition. » 3/09/15 2:30pm 3/09/15 2:30pm

Iditarod Dog Race Moves 225 Miles North In Search Of Snow

After the rocky, injury-plagued, snow-light conditions of last year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, this year's even warmer season means the starting line of the race will move 225 miles north. It will still end in Nome, Alaska, but it'll begin in Fairbanks rather than Anchorage. » 3/06/15 7:00pm 3/06/15 7:00pm

Freshwater Is Pouring Out Of Alaska Faster Than The Mississippi River

Scientists have verified that the rate of freshwater being released into the Gulf of Alaska is approximately 1.5 times the amount being dumped by the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico each year. Disturbingly, half of this water is coming from the melting of glaciers and snow. » 2/23/15 11:30am 2/23/15 11:30am

Nearly Everyone In This Alaska Town Lives In A Single Building

The town of Whittier, Alaska, has roughly 200 residents, and nearly all of them live in a single building, a 14-story former Army barracks on the edge of town. It's a fascinating alternative to the village of tiny houses we might expect in a picturesque northern town. » 1/28/15 1:30pm 1/28/15 1:30pm

Roadside Lightsaber Draws Attention of Bomb Disposal Operator

An unidentified object spotted on the side of a road in Mendenhall Valley, Alaska was reported to police as a suspicious device earlier this week. Things escalated pretty quickly from there. » 8/23/14 10:30am 8/23/14 10:30am

Bear Falls Through Skylight Into Party, Then Eats All The Cupcakes

A 180-pound black bear crashed through an Alaska couple's skylight while they were getting ready to celebrate their child's birthday. The unexpected visitor proceeded to feast on the cupcakes after the panicked parents fled the room. » 6/26/14 6:40am 6/26/14 6:40am

Analyzing Alaska's Totally Harmless Megathrust Earthquake

Alaska was hit by a major earthquake today, and it was totally harmless. The magnitude 7.9 subduction-zone earthquake let off a build-up of tectonic stress in the most harmless way possible, proving that with disasters, location really is everything. » 6/24/14 1:00am 6/24/14 1:00am

Infrared Imagery Cuts through Smoke to See the Funny River Fire

The Funny River Fire in Alaska fails to make me giggle. A dry spring and beetle-killed trees created easy kindling for the blaze, which spread to over 192,000 acres since May 19th. With 760 people on the fire lines, it's finally getting under control. » 5/31/14 2:29am 5/31/14 2:29am

Gorgeous Photos Show Bears and Wolves Feasting Together on a Dead Whale

When a dead whale washes ashore, it's a meaty bounty for whatever carnivores happen to find it. Researchers were surprised to find brown bears and wolves, two predators that don't usually get along, sharing a whale carcass for more than four months. And they have the photos to prove it. » 5/18/14 3:32pm 5/18/14 3:32pm

Which Animal Hibernates The Longest?

Many northern animals hibernate to escape the harsh winter conditions. But a new study shows that one animal in particular does it longer than the others — staying completely frozen for more than half a year at a time. » 5/05/14 1:40pm 5/05/14 1:40pm

Will Alaska's Biggest Sled Dog Race Continue Without Snow?

The Iditarod, a 900-mile sled dog race across Alaska, goes on no matter what the weather, which can range from whiteout blizzards to hazardously frosty temps. But what happens when the racers show up and the snows don't? This year, we found out. » 4/15/14 10:15am 4/15/14 10:15am

In This Year's Iditarod, Sled Dogs Try To Race Without Snow

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a 1,000-mile trek through Alaska from Anchorage to Nome. Warm weather this year meant bare trails and trucked-in snow, while intense winds scrambled the best-laid plans of musher and dog. » 3/13/14 9:49pm 3/13/14 9:49pm

Pygmy Tyrannosaurs once ruled the Arctic reaches of Alaska

Meet Nanuqsaurus hoglundi. Based on its 25-inch-long skull, its body was probably half the length of a Tyrannosaurus Rex's, but this petit tyrannosaurid was an apex predator of the Arctic. » 3/12/14 4:00pm 3/12/14 4:00pm

A giant avalanche has buried a town behind a 40 foot wall of snow

Oh, and did we mention it's covering the only road out of town? And that the snow has dammed up the river behind it, creating a giant lake? » 1/29/14 11:42am 1/29/14 11:42am

Aurorae ignite the skies over Fairbanks, AK

This remarkable sequence of images was photographed last month by photographer LeRoy Zimmerman. The images were captured last month over the (surprisingly long) course of thirty minutes, and depict roughly 500 kilometers of aurora unfurling across a 150-degree vertical stretch of subarctic firmament. Sez Zimmerman: "I… » 1/04/14 5:00pm 1/04/14 5:00pm

Mesmerizing video speeds up Alaska's salmon-filled nutrient cycle

Paul Klaver's timelapse short film Alaska: The Nutrient Cycle takes us swiftly through Alaska's ecological cycles, where salmon crowd the rivers, spawn, get themselves eaten, and rot into the ground. » 10/06/13 4:44pm 10/06/13 4:44pm

A ring of illuminated ice crystals encircle an Alaskan moon

Our sun isn't the only object in the sky that can produce spectacular optical effects. Take this photograph taken by Sebastian Saarloos on a cold, starlit Alaskan night. This is what's called a "moondog" — a rainbow-like ring around the moon that's caused by the reflection of moonlight (which is reflected sunlight)… » 1/30/13 8:20am 1/30/13 8:20am

A bizarre igloo-shaped hotel lies unfinished and abandoned in Alaska

When in Alaska, build igloos? That appears to have been the thought behind Igloo City, a planned hotel located in Cantwell, Alaska, along the George Parks Highway. Construction on this architectural monstrosity began and ended in the 1970s, abandoned because the developers failed to follow the building codes. Now it's… » 1/13/13 11:00am 1/13/13 11:00am

Arctic archaeological sites are now falling into the sea

Climate change likely means problems for our future, but it's also capable of doing damage to the past. A 500-year-old Alaskan site was first revealed as the ice melted, but now erosion is pulling the site into the sea. » 9/09/12 12:00pm 9/09/12 12:00pm

Here is a live video stream of brown bears catching salmon. You're…

You hear that? That's the sound of your afternoon plans evaporating. Alaska's Katmai National Park has teamed up with explore.org to bring you live, high-definition footage of brown bears hunting for salmon at sites throughout the park, and it's probably the coolest thing you'll see today. » 7/25/12 4:20pm 7/25/12 4:20pm