By Neil Davis
Do iceworms consume ice? are you able to listen the aurora? How does mosquito repellent work? Why are Alaskan volcanoes frivolously spaced alongside the coast? Is it attainable for warm water to freeze swifter than chilly water? the place are Alaska's greater than a hundred twenty five scorching springs? Why are northern twilights so long? Do glaciers slide or do they flow? Why do snowflakes flutter as they fall? In Alaska technology Nuggets, Neil Davis solutions those and lots of different exciting questions within the interesting and informative type that makes him one in all Alaska's favourite technological know-how writers. This compendium of approximately four hundred articles, together with articles by way of different members to a technological know-how column carried through a number of Alaska newspapers, discusses phenomena as different because the northern lighting fixtures, permafrost, glaciers, meteorology, volcanoes, earthquakes, archaeology, Alaskan crops, mammoths, early people, and northerly living. Tourists and long-time Alaskans alike have made this much-loved e-book a bestseller for years. Alaska technology Nuggets is a smart reference or reward for an individual drawn to the exceptional common background of the North.
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These currentsas do all currentsgenerate magnetic fields. Just as the aurora is quite variable, the auroral zone ionospheric currents are variable and it is their created magnetic fields that are most responsible for the jumpiness of a compass needle placed at high latitude. Variations of a large fraction of a degree commonly occur, and variations by several degrees in a few minutes' time have been observed. Magnetic storms often last for several days, but the first day usually is the most severe.
Then if one looks overhead, one will see large, weak patches of light blinking on and off every few seconds. It is not bright but it is awe-inspiring. The pulsating aurora may persist for many minutes or even several hours. Thus even when you get cold or tired and go in, it will continue to play on in your absence. Oct 81:509 Photographing the Aurora The aurora is one of nature's most beautiful dramas. Played against a cosmic backdrop, the colors and motions are often subtle and quick, but such a show is not difficult to photograph if strict attention is paid to certain procedures which are peculiar to auroral photography.
It is conjectured, but not proven, that variations in the solar wind may affect the earth's global weather. Evidence is mounting that past solar wind variations have influenced the climate, so it seems likely that an effect on weather will someday be found. Jul 81:A5 The Earth's Magnetosphere Only three planets in the solar system have magnetospheres and this is because only Earth, Jupiter and Saturn generate their own magnetic fields. Since the existence of auroras on a planet requires a magnetic field, only Earth, Jupiter and Saturn can have this beautiful phenomenon.