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Pebble Mine
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Pebble Mine

Video. Proposed Alaska mine pits gold against salmon.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: alaska, fish, gold, mining, pollution, sockeye salmon, toxic chemicals, wild chronicles
Grizzlies of Alaska
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Grizzlies of Alaska

Video. Wild Chronicles travels to America's North Country with one brave photographer who is looking for something beyond your "average bear."

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: alaska, bears, grizzly bears, habitats, human development, photography, wild chronicles
Crittercam: Steller Sea Lions
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Crittercam: Steller Sea Lions

Video. Scientists investigate a 'great mystery' of this endangered species.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: alaska, crittercam, pacific ocean, predators, sea lions, wild chronicles
Operation Breakthrough
Historic Article
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Operation Breakthrough

On October 7, 1988, a hunter reported three gray whales trapped in pack ice near Point Barrow, Alaska. The rescue effort that followed, nicknamed “Operation Breakthrough,” involved regional, national, and international cooperation.

  • Best for: Grades 4-12 (ages 9-18)
  • Concepts: alaska, arctic, cooperation, government, gray whales, ice, international organizations, military, multinational corporations, operation breakthrough, soviet union, united states
Good Friday Earthquake
Historic Article
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Good Friday Earthquake

On March 27, 1964, the U.S. endured the most powerful earthquake in its history, Alaska’s so-called Good Friday earthquake, which was measured at a 9.2 magnitude.

  • Best for: Grades 3-11 (ages 8-17)
  • Concepts: alaska, earthquakes, good friday earthquake, pacific ocean, tectonic activity
Short Activities - Middle School
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Short Activities - Middle School

Find two short hands-on activities designed to help middle school students understand that magnifying objects allows them to be seen in more detail and that objects look different at different magnifications.

  • Best for: Grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)
  • Concepts: alaska, magnification, maps, microscopes, microscopy, nanoscale, nanotechnology, scanning electron microscopes, state mapmaker kits
Arctic Tundra
Photo
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Arctic Tundra

Photo: Aerial of an orange landscape.

  • Concepts: alaska, arctic, lakes, lichen, moss, tundra
Dog Sleds Deliver Medicine, Inspiring Iditarod
Historic Article
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Dog Sleds Deliver Medicine, Inspiring Iditarod

On February 2, 1925, a dog sled team delivered medicine to the town of Nome, Alaska, inspiring the annual Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race.

  • Best for: Grades 3-9 (ages 8-15)
  • Concepts: alaska, dog sledding, environment, health, landscape
Work Begins on Alaska Oil Pipeline
Historic Article
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Work Begins on Alaska Oil Pipeline

On March 9, 1975, work began on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: alaska, ecosystems, engineering, environment, oil, permafrost, pipelines, technology
Exxon Valdez Crashes
Historic Article
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Exxon Valdez Crashes

On March 24, 1989, an oil tanker called the Exxon Valdez accidentally crashed into a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: alaska, environment, exxon valdez, oil spills, pacific ocean, pollution, prince william sound
Alaska
Internal Resource
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Alaska

Explore, customize, and download a 1-page black-and-white map of Alaska, United States of America.

  • Concepts: alaska, mapmaker 1-page maps, maps, north america, political maps, united states
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1914 Alaska

Published in February 1914 with the article "The Nation's Undeveloped Resources," this map of Alaska contains an abundance of details showing growing human settlement of the region. U.S. public schools for natives, post offices, telegraph stations, mail routes, and mission stations are just some of ...

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: alaska, human settlement, united states
Muktuk
Photo
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Muktuk

Photo: An Inuit girl holds a treat of muktuk--whale blubber and skin.

  • Concepts: alaska, blubber, food, inuit, muktuk
Trans-Alaskan Pipeline
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Trans-Alaskan Pipeline

Picture of the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline

  • Concepts: alaska, oil, pipelines, snow, tundra
petroleum
Article
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petroleum

Petroleum, or crude oil, is a fossil fuel and non-renewable source of energy.

  • Best for: Grades 9+ (ages 14+)
  • Concepts: bitumen, energy, extraction, fossil fuels, industry, middle east, natural resources, opec, petroleum, pollution
Glacial Estuary
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Glacial Estuary

Photo: Glacier near an estuary.

  • Concepts: alaska, arctic ocean, bays, estuaries, fjords, glaciers
Glacier Bay
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Glacier Bay

Photo: Mother and seal pup on a small iceberg.

  • Concepts: alaska, glacier bay national park, ice, seals
Wilderness Pilot: Travis Dalke
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Wilderness Pilot: Travis Dalke

Wilderness pilot Travis Dalke has a bird's-eye view of the vast expanse of Alaskan wilderness—and he wants to take you with him.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: alaska, arctic, aviation, glaciers, mountains, real-world geography, travis dalke, wilderness
Andrew Skurka: Trekking the Wild North
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Andrew Skurka: Trekking the Wild North

Video. From the Best of NG Live Collection: Get the inside story of the gear—and the grit—needed by National Geographic grantee Andrew Skurka for his six-month, 4,700-mile expedition through Alaska and the Yukon.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: alaska, andrew skurka, backpacking, careers, explorers, geography, hiking, ng live, travel, wilderness, yukon, canada
Moraine
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Moraine

Illustration. Moraine is the material left behind by a moving glacier.

  • Best for: Grades 5-12 (ages 10-18)
  • Concepts: geology, glaciers, moraine, rock deposits
United States MapMaker Kit
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United States MapMaker Kit

Download, print, and assemble maps of the United States in a variety of sizes. The mega map occupies a large wall, or can be used on the floor. The map is made up of 91; download rows 1-7 for the full map of the US. The tabletop size is made up of 16 pieces and is good for small group work.

  • Concepts: alaska, hawai'i, mapmaker kits, maps, united states