Permafrost is a critical feature in high latitudes. As the planet warms, so does permafrost. Its thawing has significant consequences — greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere, sinkholes form in the ground and infrastructure is damaged.
A scientist recently found evidence for even greater warming within the snows of Mount Hunter, sampled at a 13,000-foot saddle. Mount Hunter shoulders up next to Denali and Mount Foraker in Denali National Park.
Kansas has joined the unmanned aircraft system testing range managed by the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Testing programs overseen by Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus are now part of the Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex.