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  The March 27, 1964 Great Alaska Tsunami and its Effects in the Gulf of Alaska
Essentially, the overall tectonic dislocations associated with the Alaska earthquake of 27 March 1964, which contributed to the generation of the open ocean tsunami in the Gulf of Alaska, ranged over a distance of 800 km, from the upper portion of Prince William Sound to southwest of the Trinity Islands.
The width of the generating area is estimated at 150 km, and includes the Gulf of Alaska coastal area as far east as the Bering Glacier, and the continental shelf and part of the slope.
The long period of the waves generated in the Gulf of Alaska, is related to the long seiche period of the shallow shelf.
www.drgeorgepc.com /Tsunami1964GreatGulf.html   (2175 words)

  Alaska. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
The southern coast of Alaska is deeply indented by two inlets of the wide Gulf of Alaska, Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound; the Kenai Peninsula between them extends southwest toward Kodiak Island.
Alaska’s major river is the Yukon, which crosses the state from east to west for 1,200 mi (1,931 km), from the Canadian border to the Bering Sea.
In S central Alaska, Anchorage, the state’s largest city, is the center for the Alaskan RR and for airways; it is also connected with the Alaska Highway.
www.bartleby.com /65/al/Alaska.html   (2409 words)

 ALASKA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
It is bordered on the north by the Arctic Ocean, on the east by the Yukon Territory, on the southeast by British Columbia, on the south by the Gulf of Alaska and the Pacific Ocean, and on the west by the Bering Sea, the Bering Strait, and the Chukchi Sea.
Alaska may be divided into four geographic regions--the Pacific mountain system of the south, the central region of uplands and lowlands, the BROOKS RANGE (the norther-nmost extension of the Rocky Mountains), and the Arctic coastal plain, or North Slope.
Alaska's resident population in the 1990 census was 550,043.
www.alaskan.com /docs/ak.html   (2929 words)

 Alaska.com | Weather & climate
Alaska is legendary for its winters -- but most visitors come in the summer, when the days are long and the temperatures are moderate.
Northern Alaska's arctic climate is a place of enduring cold in the winter and somewhat higher temperatures in the summer.
Western Alaska's climate is influenced by the Bering Sea and the Pacific Ocean, but the inland sections are warm in the summer and cold in the winter.
www.alaska.com /about/weather/story/4481284p-4460281c.html   (1487 words)

 Alaska - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
ALASKA [Alaska], largest in area of the United States but third smallest (exceeding only Vermont and Wyoming) in population, occupying the northwest extremity of the North American continent, separated from the coterminous United States by W Canada.
The southern coast of Alaska is deeply indented by two inlets of the wide Gulf of Alaska, Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound ; the Kenai Peninsula between them extends southwest toward Kodiak Island.
In Arctic Alaska, north of the Brooks Range, the temperature in winter reaches -10°F to -40°F (-23.3°C to -40°C).
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1E1-alaska.html   (2514 words)

 Alaska Gulf of - Search Results - MSN Encarta   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Alaska, Gulf of, inlet of the north Pacific Ocean, bordered by the Alaska Peninsula and Kodiak Island on the west, and Cape Spencer on the east.
Kodiak Island, island, south-western Alaska, largest island of the Kodiak archipelago, in the Gulf of Alaska.
The region of maritime climate comprises the Panhandle, the coast of the Gulf of Alaska, and the Aleutian Islands.
uk.encarta.msn.com /Alaska_Gulf_of.html   (111 words)

 Gulf of Alaska Storms
The Gulf of Alaska lies in the arched bite of the State, south of Anchorage between the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Island and the eastern panhandle.
The northern coast of the gulf is fortressed by the Wrangell/St Elias Mountains - one of the world's highest mountain ranges which continues to grow at a geologically-hyper speed of 4 cm per year - that effectively block most storms from entering eastern Alaska and the Yukon Territory.
The Gulf of Alaska is the most common entry point for the northeastern Pacific storm track that sends stormy weather to the North American coast.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/science_sky/103530   (570 words)

 Gulf of Alaska - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Gulf of Alaska is an arm of the Pacific Ocean defined by the curve of the southern coast of Alaska, stretching from the Alaska Peninsula and Kodiak Island in the west to the Alexander Archipelago in the east, where Glacier Bay and the Inside Passage are found.
The entire shoreline of the Gulf is a rugged combination of forest, mountain, and a number of tidewater glaciers.
In addition to dumping vast quantities of snow and ice on southern Alaska, resulting in some of the largest concentrations south of the Arctic Circle, many of the storms move south along the coasts of British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Gulf_of_Alaska   (199 words)

 Alaska Oceans Program - Ocean Facts - Declines in Alaska's Fisheries
Gulf of Alaska pollock female spawning biomass: DECLINED nearly 80% between 1982 and 2004 (NPFMC Appendix B, 2004).
Gulf of Alaska Bairdi Tanner crab: Commercial fisheries were CLOSED in all Kodiak sections starting in 1994 (Ruccio, MP, 2003).
Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea Pacific Ocean perch: OVERFISHED in the 1960s by foreign trawlers (Figure 100 in PICES, 2004; NPFMC, 2004).
www.alaskaoceans.net /facts/declines.htm   (1897 words)

 Princess Cruises : News: Princess Leads in Gulf of Alaska Cruises in 2006
All Gulf of Alaska cruisetours feature Alaska's most sought-after natural attractions - Glacier Bay National Park, College Fjord and two nights at Denali National Park - and many offer Princess' exclusive Direct to the Wilderness train service, the most convenient way for passengers to travel to Princess' two Denali-area wilderness lodges.
All Gulf of Alaska cruises can be combined with one of 20 land tours in Alaska or two tour options in the Canadian Rockies.
Gulf of Alaska cruises and cruisetours for 2006 are available for reservations on April 29, 2005, with special early-booking fares beginning at $649 for a seven-day voyage, and $1,399 for cruisetours.
www.princess.com /news/article.jsp?newsArticleId=na737   (756 words)

 Gulf of Alaska Coastal Communities Coalition
The Gulf of Alaska is a BIG arc, with its communities occupying a narrow strip of coastline and islands extending from the Dixon Entrance to the southeastern coast of the Aleutian Islands.
The Gulf of Alaska is estimated to be 12.5% of the total U.S. continental shelf.
The economic survival of the Gulf of Alaska's communities is dependent on the quality of access to marine resources.
www.goac3.org /about.html   (304 words)

 U.S. Coastal Observing Systems - Alaska   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The Gulf of Alaska Ecosystem Monitoring and Research Program is a new program adopted by the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council in July 2002 for collecting long-term marine-related observations from the northern Gulf of Alaska.
Four pilot projects currently generate observations of interest: the longest continuous ocean monitoring station in the northern Gulf of Alaska in partnership with the University of Alaska Fairbanks; an additional mooring in Prince William Sound in partnership with the Prince William Sound Science Center; and two vessels-of-opportunity projects.
A thermosalinograph (TSG) was installed (July 2002) on the tanker as a proof-of-concept project to demonstrate the use of a crude oil tanker as platform from which to acquire measurements of oceanographic field variables (near-surface temperature, salinity, and fluorescence) in the Northeast Pacific Ocean.
www.csc.noaa.gov /coos/alaska.html   (1562 words)

 Alaska Geography from NETSTATE
To the south is the Gulf of Alaska and Pacific Ocean.
Alaska covers 656,425 square miles, making it the largest of the 50 states and more than twice the size of Texas, the second largest state.
Alaska's geography can be categorized into four main areas including two mountain ranges, a central plateau, and the Arctic slope or coastal plain.
www.netstate.com /states/geography/ak_geography.htm   (863 words)

 Springtime in the Jungle -- the Gulf of Alaska, Alaska Science Forum
The irony is that the Gulf of Alaska theoretically should not be hospitable to all these species.
The waters of the Gulf are mostly "downwelling," which means surface water near the coast tends to be forced down and replaced with nutrient-poor surface water from farther offshore.
Because not much is known about the Gulf and its multitude of creatures, a few decades may pass before the researchers find the true character of this watery wilderness.
www.gi.alaska.edu /ScienceForum/ASF13/1382.html   (645 words)

 Alaska.com | Southcentral   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The region runs from Canada to the western shore of Cook Inlet and from the Alaska Range south to the Gulf of Alaska.
Prince William Sound and its towns of Cordova, Valdez and Whittier are along the Gulf of Alaska coast.
The Peninsula is south of Anchorage, between Cook Inlet and the Gulf of Alaska.
www.alaska.com /places/regions/sc/story/4524697p-4501345c.html   (2723 words)

The record maximum for 24 hours occurred on December 29, 1955, in the city of Cordova (North Gulf of Alaska coast) with a measured amount of 14.13 inches.
TEMPERATURE – Mean annual temperatures in Alaska range from the low 40’s under the maritime influence in the south to a chilly 10 degrees a long the Arctic Slope north of the Brooks Mountain Range.
WIND – A normal storm track along the Aleutian Island chain, the Alaska Peninsula, and all of the coastal area of the Gulf of Alaska exposes these parts of the state to a large majority of the storms crossing the North Pacific, resulting in a variety of wind problems.
www.wrcc.dri.edu /narratives/ALASKA.htm   (2240 words)

 Central Gulf of Alaska Rationalization and Rockfish Pilot Program
Harvests during the 1996-2002 Central Gulf of Alaska rockfish fisheries were used as the basis for establishing catch history.
The Council is considering alternative management approaches to rationalize the Gulf of Alaska groundfish fisheries west of 140 degrees longitude and rockfish bycatch east of 140 degrees longitude.
Rationalization of Gulf of Alaska fisheries should eliminate the current derby-style “race for fish” by allocating privileges and providing economic incentives to consolidate operations, and control and reduce bycatch and gear conflicts.
www.fakr.noaa.gov /sustainablefisheries/goarat/default.htm   (592 words)

 Gulf of Alaska — Alaska Marine Conservation Council
The Gulf of Alaska extends from Dixon Entrance to the southeastern coast of the Aleutian Islands.
Gulf of Alaska waters support fisheries for halibut, rockfish, fl cod, crab, shrimp, pollock, Pacific cod and rich populations of all five Pacific salmon species.
We are also working with scientists and fishermen to better understand the effects of climate change on Gulf of Alaska fisheries, to bring this science to bear on fishery management decisions and to share information with coastal residents.
www.akmarine.org /where-we-work/gulf-of-alaska   (234 words)

 Alaskan Cruisetour Photo Gallery - Day 6 - The Gulf of Alaska
We had now entered the Gulf of Alaska, preparing for the final 500 mile leg of our sea journey.
Mt. Fairweather is so rarely visible from the gulf that I had not expected to be rewarded with this sight.
Alaska contains the 14 highest peaks in the US, which makes Mt Fairweather one of the babies of the various Alaskan giants.
www.well.com /user/wolfy/Alaska/Day06f.html   (517 words)

 Alaska Glacier Cruises, Gulf of Alaska Cruises on CheapCaribbean.com
Alaska Glacier Cruises are also known as Gulf of Alaska Cruises.
Along the way, Alaska Glacier Cruise passengers not only visit the same ports and attractions they would've seen on the Inside Passage Cruise, but they may also visit College Fjord for breathtaking glacier views and Valdez for yet another day in port.
When your Alaska Glacier cruise ends in Vancouver, consider spending a few extra days either after the cruise to enjoy some of the local sights.
cruises.cheapcaribbean.com /alaska_cruises.asp?pageID=217   (601 words)

 WWF Global 200 Ecoregions -- Gulf of Alaska Coastal Rivers and Streams   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The Gulf of Alaska Rivers and Streams ecoregion is one of the most important areas of the world for migrating fish.
The Gulf of Alaska is in constant motion.
Inland from the Gulf, high mountains, including the Wrangel, Coastal, and Cascade ranges, are the source of powerful rivers such as the Copper, Fraser, and Skagit (respectively).
www.nationalgeographic.com /wildworld/profiles/g200/g177.html   (561 words)

 Gulf Coast of Alaska
The Alaska Marine Highway System is the best way to get a close–up look at Alaska incredibly beautiful coastline.
From the gentle coastal grasslands of its islands to the rumbling snow-capped volcanoes along its shores, Southwest Alaska is a region known for its spirit of adventure.
Stretching from Kodiak Island to the Aleutian Chain, it is home to the largest brown bears in the world, as well as walrus, seals, dozens of species of seabirds, giant halibut and plentiful salmon runs.
www.alaskatrekker.com /gulfcoast.htm   (450 words)

 Gulf of Alaska Seamounts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Every since my first visit to the Gulf of Alaska aboard the JOIDES Resolution drilling ship in 1992, I have been interested in the origin of the numerous volcanic seamounts that pepper the seafloor in the Gulf.
Many of the seamounts occur in long chains that lead southeast from the Gulf of Alaska down to the west coast of the U.S. and Canada.
The result of this process is the long seamount chains we see today in the Gulf of Alaska (see Location Map), with the oldest seamounts at the northwest ends of these chains and the youngest at the southeast ends.
ridge.coas.oregonstate.edu /rkeller/seamounts.html   (699 words)

 Alaska Salmon: A Great Food from the Sea
All nine of these Alaska whitefish species are sustainably harvested from the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska.
Alaska pollock are the most abundant fish species in the Bering Sea, comprising 60% of the total biomass.
In the Gulf of Alaska, pollock are the second-most abundant fish species, comprising 20% of the biomass.
www.alaskaseafood.org /flavor/wbg1.htm   (1488 words)

 Alaska Wilderness Backpacking - Alaska Wilderness Treks : Alaska Backpacking Vacations
From the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Alaska, from the wild valleys of the Brooks Range to the volcanoes of the "Pacific Ring of Fire", ALASKA WILDTREK invites you to explore Alaska's most scenic wilderness areas.
Age is not the limit rather the spirit and the enthusiasm for travelling in small groups and for discovering the obvious and the often hidden beauty of Alaska's vast natural lands.
Chlaus and his guides are happy to share their extensive knowledge about Alaska with the guests and hope to give each one a deeper understanding of and an appreciation for Alaska and its natural lands.
www.alaskawildtrek.com   (516 words)

 Alaska Journal of Commerce Online
A federal fisheries plan to privatize lucrative groundfish fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska is moving forward slowly.
Jay Stinson, president of the Alaska Draggers Association in Kodiak, meanwhile urged the council to move forward with gulf rationalization.
The Kruegers said it was their firm belief "that the traditional fishing ports in the Gulf of Alaska will be major beneficiaries of the (Gulf of Alaska) rationalization program.
www.alaskajournal.com /stories/010806/hom_20060108005.shtml   (978 words)

 NOAA Ocean Explorer: Exploring Alaska’s Seamounts
Many of the volcanic seamounts in the Gulf of Alaska are visible on this bathymetric map.
This summer, with the use of the Alvin submersible, scientists studied several unexplored seamounts in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) to understand how they formed and to determine their volcanic history.
The Alaska Seamount team has completed the first leg of the mission and is in transit to Kodiak, Alaska for an Open House.
oceanexplorer.noaa.gov /explorations/02alaska/welcome.html   (568 words)

 Princess to Deploy Five Ships Across Gulf of Alaska in 2008
All of the line's 2008 Gulf of Alaska cruises include calls in Glacier Bay, and Princess ships will carry more passengers to this spectacle of ice and sea life than any other cruise line.
Gulf of Alaska cruises and cruisetours for 2008 are available for reservations on May 14, 2007, with special early-booking fares beginning at $649 for a seven-day voyage, and $1,399 for cruisetours.
About Princess Cruises: One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 17 modern ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service.
www.prnewswire.com /cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/04-25-2007/0004573169&EDATE=   (710 words)

 Gulf of Alaska Seamounts
Beneath the waves in the Gulf of Alaska stretch long chains of seamounts.
Over time, as the Pacific Plate moved steadily northwest, Patton Seamount was carried off the hotspot and into the Gulf of Alaska.
Explorations of these seamounts in the Gulf of Alaska have shown that despite the fact that most of these Pacific seamounts were created by hotspots, they are all unique in their size, shape, and volcanic features.
www.mcbi.org /shining_sea/place_npacifc_gulf.htm   (241 words)

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