Nature & Science
Research and Monitoring
Find out more about scientific Research & Monitoring in the park!
If you'd like to learn more about current and past research in Alaska National Parks, check out Alaska Park Science articles. Most articles are profusely illustrated with photographs of Alaska′s spectacular scenery, wildlife, culture or history, and many describe innovative and traditional approaches to communicating knowledge through experiential learning, arts, humanities and technology.
Mercury in Fish
Fish sampled in four Alaskan national parks have tested positive for mercury and in some cases exceeded State of Alaska unlimited human consumption thresholds for women and children. The testing was part of a multi-year U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service study of fish in remote, high elevation lakes and streams in 21 national parks across 10 western states and Alaska. Mercury was found in all fish sampled though levels of the chemical harmful to fish, other wildlife and humans, varied. Please connect to the Mercury in Fish page for more information.
Community and Copper in a Wild Land
This book introduces the natural and cultural history of the Kennecott Valley. It provides an overview of the flora, fauna, and cultural history of the region.