• Chunks of melting sea ice along a shoreline and subsistence camps on the beach in the background.

    Cape Krusenstern

    National Monument Alaska

Natural Features & Ecosystems

Muskoxen huddle near a lagoon with mountains in the distance.

Muskoxen huddle near one of many lagoons between the distant mountains and the beach.

Cape Krusenstern has grand and minute features that make it special. The vast system of lagoons provide wetland habitat for waterfowl and shorebirds from around the world. The rolling hills that shelter muskoxen are the farthest west extension of the mighty Brooks Mountain Range. The beach ridge complex has provided thousands of years of home ground for marine mammal hunters. Bob Uhl is intimately familiar with the features of this ecosystem through decades of living on the land and boundless curiosity. His journals tell a story of everything great and small on the landscape.

Did You Know?

Image of the beach ridges of Cape Krusenstern as seen from the air

The beach ridges of Cape Krusenstern National Monument record the changing shorelines of the Chukchi Sea? They also record in time sequence an estimated 4,000 years of prehistoric human use of the coastline. More...