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2011 Alaska Cell of the Friends of the Pleistocene and UAS Geology 493 Quaternary

Geology of Prince of Wales Island Sept 2-5, 2011

UAS Environmental Science and Geography students joined with other Alaskan ‘Friends of the Pleistocene” to gather on Prince of Wales Island in southernmost southeast Alaska. Three days of field exploration around this geologically and archeologically fascinating landscape, were guided by USFS scientists Jim Baichtal, course co-instructor Dave D’amore, Johanna Kovarik, and Dennis Landwehr. Participants visited interesting sites that exposed records of marine sediment uplift following deglaciation, the development of karst and cave systems in the island’s Alexander Terrane limestone’s, and intriguing sites that were once occupied by some of Alaska’s earliest human residents. The UAS course was organized by Cathy Connor and students’ travel and logistics were supported through a grant to Connor from the NASA Alaska Space Grant Program for Higher Education. The USFS provided housing in the Thorne Bay bunkouse and UAS provided a van and much administrative support.

Group Shot

2011 FOP Participants at El Capitan Cave on Northern POW.
Row 1 Chip McMillan (UAS-ED), Adelie McMillan, Cathy Connor (UAS-NS), Torsten Heavner, Matt Heavner (UAS NS aff/LANL)
Row 2 Jamie Bradshaw (ENVS), Mallory Millay (GEOG), Ivy Smith (ENVS), Nat Kugler (ENVS), Dick Farnell (AK DEC ret), Dave D’amore (USFS)
Row 3 Dan Bleidorn (ENVS grad and CBJ), Carolyn Hess (Radiologist), Nelli Nelson (ENVS/Tribe of Kasaan), Johanna Kovarik (USFS), Jim Baichtal (USFS)
Row 4 Dave Klein (UAF BIO emer.), Dexter Wilke (ENVS), Dennis Landwehr (USFS), and Kaleb Rehfield (ENVS).


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