Gulf of Alaska Facts

Gulf of Alaska Facts
The Gulf of Alaska is located in the North Pacific Ocean, stretching from Kodiak Island and the Alaskan Peninsula to Alexander Archipelago at Glacier Bay. It follows the curve of Alaska's southern coast. There are many deep water corals in the Gulf of Alaska that have resulted in it being labeled a Habitat Area of Particular Concern.
Interesting Gulf of Alaska Facts:
The shore of the Gulf of Alaska is made up of mountains, tidewater glaciers, and various forests.
The largest glaciers of Alaska including the Bering Glacier and the Malaspina Glacier, spill out along the coast of the Gulf of Alaska.
There are several indents along the coast of the Gulf of Alaska including Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet.
Lituya Bay, along the coast of the Gulf of Alaska, is the location of the largest tsunami in recorded history. Fishing boats often anchor there for shelter.
The Gulf of Alaska is considered to be a highly productive ecosystem. It is classified as Class I, based on SeaWiFS.
Priminoa pacifica - a deep water coral, has been found in the Gulf of Alaska. This coral is found at between 490 feet and 3000 feet in this location.
The Gulf of Alaska is considered to be a storm generator, dumping lots of snow and ice in Alaska's southern region. Some storms reach from BC to as far as Southern California.
A large amount of the seasonal rain that lands on the southwestern US and the Pacific Northwest originates in the Gulf of Alaska.


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