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

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

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

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

10 Movements to Secede from the United States

This week, the United States celebrates its independence from Great Britain. But throughout the nation's history there have been plenty of people who have sought their independence from the US, not in it. Some of these rebellions against the US have been mere publicity stunts, while others genuinely threatened to tear… » 7/03/12 10:00am 7/03/12 10:00am

Witness a glacier's staggering seven-year retreat

Since 2004, glaciologist William Pfeffer has been photographing Alaska's Columbia Glacier. By monitoring where the glacier ends and the waters of Prince William Sound begin, Pfeffer is working to understand how coastal ice sheets contribute to rising ocean levels. Now, by piecing his photographs together, Pfeffer… » 4/27/12 11:45am 4/27/12 11:45am