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July 25, 2001 Souvenir Album:

Tracy Arm Fjord; Juneau, Alaska

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Tracy Arm

Tracy Arm, a fjord not too far from Juneau, was completely packed with ice a little more than 200 years ago. Today, you need to travel slightly more than 20 miles down the fjord to see the two glaciers, Sawyer and South Sawyer, at the head of the fjord. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).

Tracy Arm

Periodic advances and retreats of glacial ice down Tracy Arm have scarred the steep walls of the fjord. As the ice moves, it carries with it millions of tons of rock, ranging from huge boulders to fine-grained sand. The exposed bedrock often leaves little room for plants to grow, and when they do they often form horizontal bands along the walls of the fjord. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).

ice bar

Icebergs and bergy bits from the Sawyer glaciers are often trapped on the moraine bar at the mouth of Tracy Arm. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).

Governor invitation

In 1899, the Harriman Alaska Expedition was big news in Alaska, prompting the Governor in Sitka to issue an invitation to a reception at the governor's mansion. A hundred years later, the capital has moved to Juneau, but the governor followed tradition and invited the Harriman Retraced expedition to the Governor's House. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).

Governor's house

Participants gathered outside the Governor's House, examining a totem pole near the entrance. Inside, the first floor of the house is a virtual museum, with a number of historical artifacts and superb artwork, all related to Alaska's history and environment. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).

Alaska district seal

This seal, embedded in the mantel of the fireplace in the Governor's House, dates back to the turn of the century, before Alaska attained statehood. Note the images on the seal, all emphasizing Alaska's natural resources. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).

Bowl and governor

First Lady Susan Knowles, expedition director Tom Litwin, and Alaska Governor Tony Knowles stand behind a commemorative bowl (decorated with walruses) given by the original expedition to E.A. Harriman. The Harriman family later gave it to the state of Alaska. To the right is a Paul Revere bowl given by the Harriman Retraced expedition to the state of Alaska. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).

Conrad Drawing

Conrad Field hard at work illustrating a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) nautical chart. He placed exquisite pen and ink drawings of various animals that the expedition encountered or was likely to encounter on the chart, using a pen and ink technique long popular with naturalists. For some animals, he fills in detail using crosshatching; for others, he uses stippling. At the moment, he was lettering the chart; "I hate lettering," he confessed. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).




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