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  • Prince William SoundPrince William Sound Alaska
    Geography states that a sound could be a big sea or ocean inlet that is much bigger that a bay, deeper than a bight, wider than a fjord and may also be connected with a narrow sea or ocean channel that flows between two bodies of land; for example a strait. The Prince William Sound sits off the coast of Alaska and the Gulf of Alaska on its south coastline and on the east side of the Kenai Peninsula. The biggest port on this side is Valdez, where 18 holding tanks contain oil for shipping to other ports in the country. The other towns on the sound include Cordova, Whittier and the Alaskan native villages of Tatitlek and Chenega. The majority of the land that encompasses the sound belongs to the Chugach National Forest, which is the second biggest forest in the nation. The sound itself is surrounded by glaciated and high dangerous cliffs that make up the Chugach Mountains, and the coastline is full of islands and fjords, many holding tidewater glaciers. The main barrier islands here include Hawkins Island, Hinchinbrook Island and Montague Island. Way back in 1778, James Cook came to the Prince William Sound and decided to call it Sandwich Sound, which was his patron's name, the Earl of Sandwich, but the people who edited his maps changed it to Prince William Sound in honor of their prince, later becoming King William IV. In 1964, just after the Good Friday Earthquake, a tsunami rushed the lands and killed many Chugach villagers in the village of Chenega and demolished the settlement of Valdez. It was here in the sound that the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef in 1989, that caused a catastrophic oil spill, that not only damaged the present and future environment, but killed 22 killer whales, 250,000 seabirds, 250 bald eagles, 3000 sea otters and 300 harbor seals.  The sound contains over 3000 miles of shoreline that is outlined by the Chugach Mountains to the north, east and west, with Montague Island being 50 miles long, and many smaller ones that have formed a kind of natural barrier from the breakwaters of the sound and the Gulf of Alaska. After millions of years, glaciations has slowly worn away the coastal plateau which in turn created the sound with all its numerous tributary fjords, rocky shores, islands and passageways; all of which have in turn created one of the most magnificent kayaking tours in the world. Less than 10,000 people live in the towns and villages mentioned above, without any roads to connect them. Just recently, glaciologists that have examined the sediments in the gulf found that the glaciations has been happening here for the past 5 million years; and they believe that the region has been glaciated for the past 15 million years. There aren't too many other areas on this earth that have had such a long period of glaciations, which retreat to the mountains in the summer and cover all of the coastal plateau in the winter. Some 20,000 years ago, the earth's climate cooled down and the final Pleistocene ice age glaciers came down from the Chugach Mountains and formed in the streambeds of the plateau and began to carve deep valleys. The glaciers retreated 12,000 years ago and carved the planet's crust down to the granite roots of the Chugach Mountains and also scoured out deep fjords that created the sound and the treacherous glacially sculpted mountains. The Prince William Sound that lies in the coastal arc of the Chugach Mountain range, contains more than 20 glaciers that end at the sea, with many others clinging to the precipitous mountainsides. It is a spectacular area to visit, by water, by air or by ship, with many beautiful sea creatures and land marks that will stay in your memory for the rest of your life. The awe inspiring beauty that lies in the sound and within it is more majestic than any other arctic place on this earth. Always worth the visit, and you will always discover more treasures and secrets each and every time you go. 

  • Alaska Museum of Natural HistoryAlask Museum of Natural History Anchorage, Alaska
    The Alaska Museum of Natural History in Anchorage, Alaska has become the cornerstone of the science and natural history education for the children, adults and visitors of Alaska, which houses wildlife artifacts, minerals, rock, dinosaurs and plenty more. The is the definitive authority in the state that exclusively educates the citizens of Alaska, their unique ecological, geological and cultural history. It contains numerous collections of Alaskan historical, artistic, biological, anthropological, geological and educational importance that showcases over 10,000 beautiful and exciting objects. The humanities collections have continued to expand since arriving in their new home, and now includes; texts, illustrations, photo images, maps, sculpture, original paintings and drawings. The permanent exhibits contain 4 Alaskan dioramas, skeletal examples of birds, moose, skulls, and man, and many mounts of Alaskan birds. The marvelous geological materials consist of rocks and minerals, hadosaur skeleton casts, fossils, vertebrate and invertebrate fossils and models. There are some anthropological displays that contain the artifacts that were discovered at specific sites, especially the Broken Mammoth site. Exhibits include an ice age lion skull, duckbill dinosaur skeleton, black bear, archaeopteryx skeleton which was a feathered reptile, the coastal/oceans diorama, snowy owl diorama, which is quite beautiful and the bird skeletons.

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January 11, 2011