Morning: In the morning we visited coastal sites at Aanchg̱altsóow, nexus town (Auke Rec) and K’aan Héenak’u, porpoise little bay…2022 | Richard Carstensen | Landforms class archives
Áak’w, little lake (Auke Lake) & Áak’w Tá, little lake bay (Auke Bay)
Juneau’s pre-gold cultural hub
The hill to the east of Auke Lake—named “Hill 560” by my mentor Dan Bishop—is underlain by limey slate and phyllite, Juneau’s most productive parent material for large-tree forest. For an imagining of what this hill looked like when first paleomarine kayakers saw it, about 10,000 years ago, see page 30 in Natural history of Juneau Trails.
The steep northwest-facing slopes of this hill are protected from gales that in most other locations knock down conifers presumptive enough to stick their crowns too high in the air.
One of them—the unfortunate spruce in thumbnail, upper right—leaned over the expensive new Auke Lake Trail, and was topped as a precautionary measure, the year after I took this photo. In the LiDAR point cloud it measured over 200 feet tall. For more on the tall trees of Auke Lake Trail, check out New tools for old naturalists, a 2015 Fireside presentation. Drag the slider about 12 minutes into this 31-minute slideshow.
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Custom geopdfs for Áak’w On our first class, we loaded the navigational app Avenza to our phones, and tested out…2022 | Richard Carstensen | pair of geopdfs
History from the air Georeferencing old and recent vertical air photos in ArcMap makes it easy to export exactly scaled-&-aligned…2021 | Richard Carstensen | 9 pages
Materials from the Eisenhower Math and Science series In October, 1990, with Cathy Pohl and Gretchen Bishop, I gave a…1991 | Carstensen, Pohl, Bishop | workshop materials
Medium-resolution GeoPDF pair for field navigation in Spaulding Meadows. This boggy plateau is approached by 3 trails: Muir, Spaulding and…2018 | Richard Carstensen | 2 geoPDFs
High-resolution GeoPDF pair for field navigation at Aanchgaltsóow, nexus town (Auke Rec) and X’unáxi, camping place (Auke Cape). In apps such…2018 | Richard Carstensen | 2 geoPDFs
High-resolution GeoPDF pair for field navigation around inner Áak’w Tá, little lake bay (Auke Bay). Includes Áak’w, little lake, and…2018 | Richard Carstensen | 2 geoPDFs
In summer 2014, Koren Bosworth, Cathy Pohl, Andrew Allison and I surveyed wetlands throughout the CBJ. Although we were not…2016 | Richard Carstensen | 31 page excerpt (of 512p)
Supplement to the 2016 Juneau Wetlands Management Plan In summer 2014, Koren Bosworth, Cathy Pohl, Andrew Allison and I surveyed…2018 | Richard Carstensen | 8 separate pdfs, 2 to 5 MB
Skiing at Spaulding Meadows, above Auke Bay. spaulding from Discovery Southeast JuneauNature on Vimeo.2017 | Richard Carstensen |
In 2010, on contract with CBJ Parks and Recreation, Discovery designed 3-panel sign arrays for 10 trailheads on (or leading…
Sealaska Heritage is wrapping up a 10-day culture camp for middle school students. I came along to share information about…2017 | Richard Carstensen | 1 minute
Four-fold brochure created for the CBJ Natural History Project describes 8 interpretive stations along the Auke Lake Trail. On your…2013 | Richard Carstensen | 2 pages