Return to the Alaska Wilderness

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A team of USGS scientists spent two weeks in the isolated Glacier Bay National Park, exploring one of the fastest-moving faults in North America.


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Length: 00:01:40

Location Taken: Icy Strait, AK, US


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Icy Strait, Alaska

A team of USGS scientists spent two weeks in Glacier Ba National Park studying the Fairweather fault.

After extensive wilderness training, the team conducted their research in complete isolation.

They went to study how major earthquakes on the fault have altered the landscape at Icy Point.

Understanding the earthquake history is critical for determining the seismic hazard posed by this fast-moving fault.

The team worked 10-hour days excavating soil pits and mapping fault traces.

The group will return to learn more.