The Chilkat has more great glacial rivers than any other biogeographic province.

“Chilkat” is a close-enough approximation of the Lingít name Jilkáat, cache, to retain as our title for this unique, transitional province. If Xutsnoowú provice is the geometric ‘heart’ of Lingít Aaní, Chilkat province is about as ‘edgey’ as they get. Thanks to the rainshadow effect of Sít’ Eetí Geeyí, bay taking the place of the glacier (Glacier Bay), Chilkat province hosts more elements of the boreal interior bioregion than any other in Southeast.

Northeast along BC-AK border (swath in right foreground) near Pleasant Camp.

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Using the IfSAR-generated bare-earth layer delivered in October, 2015, I extended Juneau's surficial geology mapping northward up Lynn Canal Using the IfSAR-generated bare-earth layer delivered in October, 2015, I extended Juneau’s surficial geology mapping northward up Lynn Canal

My retake of this classic early Haines scene is just slightly south of the original. The most dynamic area is Sawmill Wetland, site of today’s airport, visible way upriver. In 1929 there was apparently little vegetation anywhere on the flats, which were all swept by Jilkáat, cache (Chilkat River) during high flows. What was then an overflow channel became Sawmill Creek, heading near the Lukaax.ádi village of Yandeist’akyé.

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Mud Bay survey for SEAL Trust

In June, 2013, Diane Mayer of Southeast Alaska Land Trust asked Koren Bosworth and me to survey and describe wetlands…

2013 | Richard Carstensen & Koren Bosworth | 64 pages, 12MB

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