Juneau Nature

Natural & cultural history of Juneau & Southeast Alaska

Juneau Nature - Natural & cultural history of Juneau & Southeast Alaska

Coastal

The land-sea interface

Alaska Shorezone Project aerial oblique, outer coast of Glacier Bay National Park, 20050721.

Alaska Shorezone Project aerial oblique. Dick’s Arm, outer coast of Glacier Bay National Park, 20050721.

The coastline of Southeast Alaska is not only among the world’s most spectacular and intact; it’s now among the most thoroughly documented.

As of 2010, almost every linear foot of shoreline in Southeast has been captured in lovely oblique still imagery, like the shot above, and in video. The Alaska Shorezone Project flew the entire mainland and archipelago at low elevation, always during low tides. A flight index map on their website guides you to your desired imagery.

Coastal habitats can be classified as follows:

Intertidal beaches (further divided by substrate size)

Estuaries

Bare tideflat

Salt marsh

Uplift meadow and parkland