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Katmai National Park

Since the eruption of Mt. Katmai in 1912, this remote area has been of great interest to archaeologists, geologists, nature photographers, and those generally curious about the strength of Mother Nature. Before the blast, this remote region was almost completely untouched by human hands.

An alternate name for the nationally recognized Alaskan wonder is the “Land of 10,000 Smokes,” penned by Dr. Robert Griggs who organized various studies and photo sessions for National Geographic within the current park boundaries. Griggs and other conservationists pushed for the preservation of the land for the sake of natural study of volcanic effects on plants and wildlife, the development of newly formed volcanic land, and the unique, awe inspiring views that ensued after the eruption.

Currently, the park is well protected and almost as remote, with plenty of challenging Alaska backcountry for brave explorers. Vastly varying land contains mountain ranges, rapidly flowing streams, long coastlines, marshes, and thickly wooded forests. Caribou and bear are sure to be seen, slapping salmon out of the lake and existing just as they have for thousands of years. Some of the other rich wildlife includes songbirds, bald eagles, moose, hare, mink, otters, seals, wolverine, and even whales just off the shoreline.

Katmai National Park is an abundant source of unscathed life, as challenging as it is impressive. It has worth beyond the ephemeral, its history stretching way back in time, and with help from awestruck visitors, bold conservationists, and scientists studying the land, Katmai National Park will remain a distinct source of natural curiosity forever.