Katmai Terrane


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Bears. Salmon. Volcanoes. Wilderness. Culture. These are the terranes of Katmai. Each is distinct, but in combination these features create a place like no other. Read about the uniqueness of Katmai in this blog.

Katmai: A 99 Year-old Gem

September 21, 2017 Posted by: Rebecca Nourot

99 years ago, Katmai National Monument was formed to protect a geologic landscape.  Today, Katmai National Park’s identity incorporates many facets other than geology.


The Mountains with No Name

September 21, 2017 Posted by: Clint Augustson

Contemplating nameless mountains can bring about a number of reflections on wilderness, local histories, and the power of words.


Notes from the Field: Soaring Above a World of Plenty

September 21, 2017 Posted by: Clint Augustson

Discovering Katmai by air during an aerial survey provides wonder and valuable data over the abundance of the park


Notes from the Field: The Ethics of Science

September 15, 2017 Posted by: Clint Augustson

Visiting a bear health exam on the Changing Tides Project reveals the care scientists show in protecting and understanding these impressive animals.


Marine Debris on Katmai Coasts

September 13, 2017 Posted by: Andrew LaValle

On Katmai’s vast coastline, debris washes ashore in waves of plastic. Even in the most remote places, ecosystems can see human impact.


Notes from the Field: A Tale of Two Bears

September 01, 2017 Posted by: Clint Augustson

Spending time around bears provides fascinating glimpses into their unique personalities and habits.


Connecting to Wilderness: How We Can Be More Mindful in National Parks

August 31, 2017 Posted by: Everly Jazi

Nature and people belong together and mindfulness can help connect us to these precious landscapes of the National Park Service.


Enter the Bear Den

July 29, 2017 Posted by: Clint Augustson

Exploring a bear den provides an intimate look at a bear’s ability to survive extreme circumstances


Notes from the Field: Puzzle Pieces of the Past

July 29, 2017 Posted by: Clint Augustson

Archeology in Katmai is both an art and a science: puzzling over layers of soil to tell stories about the people who once lived here.


Beluga Whales in Bristol Bay: Katmai’s Anonymous Neighbors

May 01, 2017 Posted by: David Kopshever

Beluga whales are a mysterious, little studied species that lives surprisingly close to Alaska's few major centers of human population.


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