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Small mountain glaciers play a big role in recharging vital aquifers and in keeping rivers flowing during the winter, according to a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.

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Mark Johnson may hold the world record for largest geographic range in which someone has practiced tai chi. Johnson has done tai chi at McMurdo Station in Antarctica all the way north to Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago near the North Pole. He travels to these remote locations as a physical oceanographer for the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

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JIM RIVER — On this cobble bar north of the Arctic Circle, it is a fine day. The sky is a sheet of blue, a breeze wraps us with clean air, a sandpiper mom shrieks over her hatchlings. They are gray-blue puffballs, extra cute and almost invisible amid the stones. In short, this is a perfect morning for the human creature, with its narrow range of comfort regarding temperature and insects. Along my hike on the path of the trans-Alaska pipeline this summer, these moments are the exception. But they always seem to happen, at least once a day.

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“Nix fadstälnaw r”idi chyai” means “Let’s explore somewhere new” in Fosk, a language constructed by students in a linguistics course at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. During the spring 2017 semester, 25 students built Fosk from scratch while enrolled in Robin Shoaps’ innovative course, Klingon, Elvish and Dothraki: The Art and Science of Language Creation. The students chose what their language would sound like and how it would be written. They developed a vocabulary of more than 1,000 words.

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A new traveling exhibit will teach visitors how human communities have relied on the Aleutian Islands as a source of food and protection. “Underwater Forests of the Aleutians” will open at the Museum of the Aleutians in Unalaska on July 13, 2017. Visitors will learn about ecosystems in the coastal environments surrounding the Aleutians and how human communities depend on the resources that thrive there.

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University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers have discovered that volcanoes have a unique way of dealing with pressure — through crystals.According to a new study published in the Journal of Geology, a network of microscopic crystals can lessen the internal pressure of rising magma and reduce the explosiveness of eruptions.

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Chris Sannito’s dog Sammy is really happy that his owner has developed a tasty pet treat made out of pollock skins. Informal taste tests by Sammy and other Kodiak canines indicate the treats — although not fishy smelling to humans — have plenty of that deep-sea essence dogs love so much.

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