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ImageMaria
Mar 14, 2011 8:04 PM CST
Name: Maria Ramspott
Massachusetts
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOj6hgx3LHE

Jon, This was on fb, thought you like to listen to it since it is about Alaska
Maria

"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"
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ImageMagpie
Apr 11, 2011 2:22 AM CST
Name: Jon, Chris or JC Deisher
Eagle River, Alaska
So ... what'dya think?
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ImageMagpie
Apr 11, 2011 2:26 AM CST
Name: Jon, Chris or JC Deisher
Eagle River, Alaska
So ... what'dya think?
Hello Folks ... long time no post. Laura and I took a little walk in the Chugach State Park this afternoon ... it was sloppy as the snow is melting almost everywhere, but we had a nice time at the beaver pond watching the tundra swans. Likely this pair will stay the summer and raise their young here. Hope you're all doing well out there ... Summer isn't here yet, but we're gaining over five minutes of sunlight per day now, so it won't be long.
"Magpie" Jon
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ImageMagpie
Apr 23, 2011 3:39 PM CST
Name: Jon, Chris or JC Deisher
Eagle River, Alaska
So ... what'dya think?
Seems Cubits has been a bit quiet lately ... maybe spring has that kind of effect as people find something to do other than sit in front of their computers. I hope so!
I drove up to Fairbanks on Thursday, back on Friday. It's about 350 miles directly North of here and a beautiful drive. Originally, my sister was going to join me, but she had to opt out at the last minute, so I went up alone. Despite fresh snow fall and rain, got a few photos. My seeds are sprouting, but it'll be a couple of weeks before they get into the planting beds or greenhouse ... will have photos of that, too, when the time comes.

Here are some photos:

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"Magpie" Jon
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ImageSharon
Apr 23, 2011 4:20 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Beautiful, Chris. Gorgeous, as always.
And the colors are fascinating.
AlohaHoya
Apr 23, 2011 4:41 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
YES...Sharon is right...the colors are incredible.... Thanks for sharing!!! Cute moose (?) calf...
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ImageAguane
Apr 24, 2011 1:27 AM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
Wonderful. I'd love to know the details you may share when you shot the baby moose. That tiny critter. So adorable. How did that happen?
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --Albert Einstein
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ImageMagpie
Apr 24, 2011 11:26 AM CST
Name: Jon, Chris or JC Deisher
Eagle River, Alaska
So ... what'dya think?
The calf is a caribou, not a moose ... as it happens it was the first calf of the year at the University of Alaska - Fairbanks experimental farm. I'd like to be able to say that it was taken in the wild, but it wasn't ... it was on the University of Alaska campus. Many of us who grew up here got our moose and caribou every Fall as an alternative to imported beef. Our family went caribou hunting every Fall. Because the meat is very lean, is is sometimes mixed with pork for sausage and salami. Sometimes domesticated reindeer (actually the species interbreed very well and apparently don't recognize the difference between them as humans do) was also available for purchase from sources around Nome on the Seward Peninsula ... herds are still raised there. As a food source, caribou is a very lean "heart healthy" red meat ... it is here, doesn't need to be imported, and thrives on food available in Alaska (beef here requires grain and hay in the winter ... although there are a few places where beef is raised: Kodiak is one.) For this reason the University is studying the economics and agricultural processes of raising caribou. Here are a couple more images of the calf.

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"Magpie" Jon
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ImageAguane
Apr 24, 2011 10:31 PM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
Thanks so much, Jon. I'm inspired and appreciate your practical wisdom (and all Alaskans) in raising the meat locally (rather than importing). Cute little guy, that caribou. I'd never know the difference, obviously!

Thanks again!

PS. I watch earthquakes. You have your share up there on the strait (is that what you call it?) and into Fairbanks. Careful!
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --Albert Einstein
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ImageMagpie
Apr 24, 2011 11:52 PM CST
Name: Jon, Chris or JC Deisher
Eagle River, Alaska
So ... what'dya think?
Hello Susie,

I'm not sure what the "strait" is .... but we have lots of quakes here. As you likely know, Alaska is on the "ring of fire" ... the tectonic plate on which the Kenai Peninsula sits was once (100s of thousands of years ago) down near Australia and over eons has moved North across the Pacific and into the under belly of Alaska. The collision has created a huge subduction zone from south central Alaska and out the Aleutian Chain resulting the many volcanos, the raising of the Alaska Range (including Mt. McKinley) and regular earthquakes (including the major quake of 1964.) There was a substantial quake between Anchorage and Fairbanks several years ago that tore up the highways and knocked cabins off their foundations, but the major impacts of that quake occurred in very remote and uninhabited areas ... It shook up the local villages and small towns, but the damage was minimal for the most part except for repairs to the highways ...
"Magpie" Jon
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ImageAguane
Apr 25, 2011 12:08 AM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
Jon,
Yes, I was thinking of the Aleutian Chain... couldn't remember the name. All fascinating. I'm looking at the ANWR situation re domestic drilling. Personal curiosity. Would you guess that ANWR was once in Australia? Not at all knowledgeable about the location of ANWR relative to Fairbanks, for instance. I remember the 1964 quake. My best friend's dad was with the Department of Agriculture at that time and had to fly up there that very night.
PS~ don't want to hijack your photos so if you want to respond via C-mail, cool. All of this can be educational to everyone, however.
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --Albert Einstein
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ImageMagpie
Apr 25, 2011 10:44 AM CST
Name: Jon, Chris or JC Deisher
Eagle River, Alaska
So ... what'dya think?
While I'm not a formal student of geology and tectonics, I try to keep abreast of some of these things. To my knowledge, the ANWR region in North Eastern Alaska was probably not down by Australia in the remote past. The area of Alaska called the Kenai peninsula was, many, many, many years ago ... similar to India having started down by Antarctica and then "migrated" north into the underbelly of Asia, giving rise to the Himalaya Mountains.
Fairbanks is about 350 miles north of Anchorage, and about 400 miles south of the north coast of Alaska on the Arctic Ocean ... distances here are vast. ANWR is in the NE of Alaska ... size comparisons defy verbal descriptions, but the map overlay gives a good comparison of size and distance. On that map, the Orange area is ANWR (about the size of the entire state of Georgia) ... the narrow yellow area is the petroleum reserve (about the size of Delaware) ... seeing these in a proportionate size is instructive. Given this geography, one can also infer that the petroleum reserves extend into the Candian Yukon Coastal plain as well ...

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Using that map as a reference ... the large island sitting on the north part of Texas is Kodiak. The Peninsula sitting on the Oklahoma/Kansas border is the Kenai peninsula. I think that Kodiak and the Kenai are both on the same tectonic plate. Anchorage is located at the end of the long inlet immediately above the Kenai Peninsula. The map below shows where the various cities are ... note the scale/distance key.

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"Magpie" Jon
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ImageAguane
Apr 25, 2011 11:21 AM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
Jon,
Wow! Thanks so much. This really puts things into perspective for me. I appreciate your time and sharing this info. I'm wanting to learn about ANWR for my energy cubit. Will study this.
Susie
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --Albert Einstein
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ImageMagpie
Apr 25, 2011 2:13 PM CST
Name: Jon, Chris or JC Deisher
Eagle River, Alaska
So ... what'dya think?
These sites might be interesting to you for your energy cubit:
http://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/state-regs/pdf/Ala...
http://www.eia.doe.gov/state/state-energy-profiles.cfm?sid=A...
http://www.dog.dnr.alaska.gov/oil/

I don't remember exactly where I heard this, but here's an interesting discussion point on energy. It has been said that the USA is analogous to Saudi Arabia when it comes to coal. We have larger proven coal reserves than any other country ... Alaska has about 30% of the coal in the USA. Most of it in very remote and (currently) inaccessible locations. A considerable amount of coal is mined near the community of Healy, about 110 miles south of Fairbanks and near the Denali National Park, a large part of which is exported to Korea and Japan. Alaska's coal is said to be "clean burning" in that it is lower in pollution byproducts such as sulphur than coal mined elsewhere, but any burning results in carbon dioxide the primary condemnation of coal everywhere.

As a result of Alaska's tax on petroleum production and then the setting up of our "Permanent Fund" ... Alaska has a savings account of more than $40 Billion (!), which is invested in a widely diversified international portfolio. The earnings of the fund are reinvested into the fund and a calculated percentage is paid to each Alaskan (every legal resident: man, woman and child) as an annual Dividend. Usually this amount is between $1,000 to $1,500 per year (it has been both higher and lower,) paid in October or November of each year. Alaskans love the Permanent Fund! We have NO income tax and the PF Dividend is tantamount to a reverse tax: the government pays the citizens, not vice versa! The PF cannot be tapped for state government expenses by the legislature without a "supermajority" vote (75%) of the people ... which will likely not happen for a long, long time ... therefore, the PF will likely continue to grow ... At some point, the earnings of the the PF will be capable of funding the entire state government without touching the principle! There are disagreements about the establishment, use and intent of the PF that will likely persist for a long time ... for an overview, you can get an idea from Wiki here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_Permanent_Fund
"Magpie" Jon
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ImageAguane
Apr 25, 2011 2:22 PM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
Very interesting! Amazing. It's all about the mineral. I think that's why the U.S. purchased Alaska???

Jon, would it be too bold of me to ask you to take a minute and post this information (just copy and paste) on my "natural gas/coal" forum? It's so informative and relevant! You don't need to be a member to create a thread or post.

Here's to link to make it easy... you might name the new thread "Alaska's Coal".

http://cubits.org/EnergyAndPower/forums/view/naturalgas/
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --Albert Einstein
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ImageMagpie
May 1, 2011 1:31 AM CST
Name: Jon, Chris or JC Deisher
Eagle River, Alaska
So ... what'dya think?
Took a walk on the coast trail today ... took these images. Kind of a dark and chilly day ... hoping for a warming trend soon.

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"Magpie" Jon
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ImageAguane
May 1, 2011 11:25 AM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
Rocky and Bullwinkle, .... nice to see you!
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ImageMagpie
May 1, 2011 11:34 AM CST
Name: Jon, Chris or JC Deisher
Eagle River, Alaska
So ... what'dya think?
Well ... I wasn't going to point that out because it might date me, but .... yeah ...

Both of the moose are girls, though ... I'm guessing the squirrel is a guy making ready for the missus' pending delivery ...
"Magpie" Jon
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ImageMagpie
May 26, 2011 1:28 AM CST
Name: Jon, Chris or JC Deisher
Eagle River, Alaska
So ... what'dya think?
Hello Folks ... Haven't been posting much lately. My apologies. We're just making the transition into Spring and have been busy ... it's all good. Thought you might be interested in this little photo series. We go looking for the little Alaskan Orchids called "Fairy Slippers," every spring. They're a little late this year, but we found them. So, take a look. Many people are surprised to learn Alaska has wild orchids ... I'll have other photos of flowers and such as the summer moves along.

Many of you know my friend Ava (akfishergal.) She gave me some "magpie columbine" and Himalayan Poppy seeds last fall. I started them from seed. Got some good sprouts going in the green house, but it'll be a while before there are flowers. Will keep you informed.

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"Magpie" Jon
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AlohaHoya
May 26, 2011 4:38 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Lovely!!!!!
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