Tuesday, August 14, 2007

More pictures from the conservation center

In 1964 Alaska was hit by a 9.2 earthquake (the largest in the US) that shook the area for more than 4 minutes. During the earthquake, much of the area near the coast fell anywhere from 6-14 feet. Because of that and the tide and tsunami that came in afterwards, much of the town of Portage was destroyed. The town has since been moved many miles inland, but there are a few cabins that remain to show the devastation. There are also 'pickled trees'. The tree's root systems were inundated with salt water which has preserved them. They will take many, many of years to actually die off. I don't think I have a picture of the trees, but the next time I am along the Turnagain Arm I will get some pictures of them.
Check out these caribou! The picture below are of some of the Elk.

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