July 05, 2015
The present breathtaking, but steam-free, view from the Robert F. Griggs Visitor Center is a reminder that one of earth's newest landscapes is rapidly transforming. Evidence of this transformation lies throughout the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, especially at Ukak Falls.
December 10, 2014
Explorers of Katmai Country: In this continuing series of posts, we’ll highlight different people tied to Katmai’s varied history. Today, we focus on Robert F. Griggs who led the charge to protect the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. No single individual has made longer lasting impacts on Katmai's modern history.
November 26, 2013
In the early 20th century geologists had a limited understanding of volcanoes. Plate tectonic theory was still half a century away. Radio communications in remote, volcanically active areas were unreliable or non-existent. Eyewitness accounts of volcanic eruptions were difficult to gather. Seismographs, an essential tool for contemporary volcanologists, were almost unheard of in Alaska. For many years, little was known or understood about what happened in early June 1912 on the northern Alaska Peninsula.