Jacquelyn Hams, August 8, 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: August 8, 2006

Weather
Cloudy Visibility: 6 nm
Wind direction: Light
Wind speed: AIRS
Wave direction: 200
Swell height: 2-3ft.
Seawater temperature: 8.9 degrees C
Sea level pressure: 1018.0 mb
Temperature dry bulb: 12.2 degrees C
Temperature wet bulb: 12.2 degrees C

Personal Log

We are anchored in East Bight and I continue to work on lesson plans. We are scheduled to get underway today for Seward. I am excited because I can spend two days in Seward seeing glaciers and fjords. Although, the weather has changed and it is cloudy and overcast, there is an up side to the weather. Geologic features that are often obscure when the sun is shining show up when the weather is overcast and more contrast is provided. I take the opportunity to showcase another basic geologic feature that is well exposed.

Here is a scenic view of part of the Shumagin Islands.  The Haystacks formation is in the center of the photograph.
A scenic view of part of the Shumagin Islands and the Haystacks formation
This is a type of drainage pattern is known as radial.  The drainage originates from a central point and occurs on elevated features such as volcanoes.
This is a type of drainage pattern is known as radial. The drainage originates from a central point and occurs on elevated features such as volcanoes.

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