Jacquelyn Hams, July 28, 2006


NOAA Teacher at Sea
Jacquelyn Hams
Onboard NOAA Ship Rainier
July 24 – August 11, 2006

Mission: Hydrographic Survey
Geographical Area: Shumagin Islands, Alaska
Date: July 28, 2006

Haystack rock formation

Haystack rock formation

Weather Data
Weather: Clear/Fog Drizzle
Visibility: 2 nm
Wind direction: 245
Wind speed: 14 knots
Sea Wave height: 0-1 ft.
Seawater temperature: 9.4 degrees C
Sea level pressure: 1021.7 mb
Temperature dry bulb: 11/7 degrees C
Temperature wet bulb: 11.1 degrees C

Red rock outcrop on Popofi Island

Red rock outcrop on Popofi Island

Personal Log 

Today I took a launch to Sand Point on Unga Island with crew members to pick up another crew member and some groceries.  I have not seen an Alaskan town since Kodiak and am curious to see how different Sand Point may be.  The ride took approximately 2 hours and we passed more spectacular geology and scenery. Sand Point is a tiny Alaskan fishing village on Unga Island.  It is picturesque, off the tourist path, and full of friendly people. So far the two towns I have seen in Alaska (Kodiak and Sand Point) are very clean and uncluttered. There have been two major earthquakes, many minor earthquakes, and tsunamis in the Aleutian Islands, so it is no surprise that tsunami evacuation routes are well marked.

Columnar basalt

Columnar basalt

Entrance to the harbor at Sand Point

Entrance to the harbor at Sand Point

Tsunami Evacuation route sign in Sand Point

Tsunami Evacuation route sign in Sand Point

Brown algae in Sand Point Harbor

Brown algae in Sand Point Harbor

Breakwater at Sand Point Harbor

Breakwater at Sand Point Harbor

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