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no palm trees but no minus 40F, or 12′ snowdrifts either

Climate/Weather Prince of Wales Island enjoys a much milder climate than what most people expect in Alaska. The Island is situated at around 56 degrees north latitude, almost midway between Seattle, WA and Anchorage, AK. The island’s climate is classified as mid latitude oceanic (Köeppen classification Cfb) with cool summers and mild winters, and moist conditions year-round – a climate

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salt chuck mine: bornite to palladium

Today, the Salt Chuck mine’s rusting ore processing equipment remains mostly in place while the three story mill was (Image 1) removed as part of the CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response and Liability Act) site cleanup in 2011. The Salt Chuck[1] was initially a copper mine but became Alaska’s major producer of palladium[2] after the metal was discovered in the low

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sitka deer life as seen along setter lake, south thorne bay

When we first arrived at Setter Lake in 2006-7, our warmest welcoming committee consisted of  a little family of Sitka deer. The family unit consisted of the matriarch, affectionately nicknamed MamaDoe, her spotted twins, and a young spiked buck that appeared to be related to her. They=ir entry into our lives started with raiding our bird seeders, enthusiastically sampling our nascent

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larry heady in his element on prince of wales island

(featured photo:  Larry Heady at mouth of mine) As I have been writing blogs on the mines of Kasaan Peninsula, I was thinking about some of my field trips to mines and outcrops on the Island. As I wrote, I could not help thinking of an old friend, Larry Heady. By the time I arrived in late 2001, Larry had

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lichtenstadter and mount andrew mine kasaan peninsula

Lichtenstadter and the Mount Andrew Mine Abundant natural resources have attracted prehistoric native peoples, European explorers/traders, and Americans to Prince of Wales Island. The Island’s has a long history of natural resource development. Mining has been an important part of that history. This blog continues our series of blogs about mining on the Kasaan Peninsula. One of the principal mines

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the “official” herald of spring

The vernal equinox occurred two weeks ago (March 20th) by the calendar and two days ago we heard a flock of geese pass by during the early morning. But now, spring “officially” has arrived at our Setter Lake – the yellow skunk cabbage (Lysichitum americanum) shoots are emerging from the lake edge’s soggy, organic soil. Alas, the deer are relived

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baranovich and the copper queen of kasaan

Copper Queen/Baranovich This is the first in a series of blogs focusing on Prince of Wales (PoW) Island’s geology and its rich mining history. This blog is about Charles Vincent Baranovich, a Dalmatian immigrant, and the Copper Queen Mine thought to be the first lode mine in Alaska. This early PoW mine was developed in copper sulfide deposits on the

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nothin’ common about the common thrush

In June 1853, Thoreau wrote of an enchanting encounter with the Wood Thrush: “This is the only bird whose note affects me like music. It lifts and exhilarates me. It is inspiring. It changes all hours to an eternal morning.” http://birdnote.org/show/henry-david-thoreau-and-wood-thrush Hear! Hear! David Thoreau’s poignant prose about the elusive common thrush resonates with anyone who hears the morning trill

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bear bread…anyone?

Found throughout Southeast Alaska, bear bread or conk, is a familiar sight on tree stumps, dead trees, downed trees, even firewood.  They are a the spore producing fruiting portion of the fungus, its main body called the mycelium are stringy filaments that burrow into the tree contributing primarily to its decay by absorbing nutrients, breaking down the structure, etc. Some

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