The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes
Katmai National Park & Preserve
A selection of images of The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, inlcuding images of Novarupta and Mt Katmai.
Novarupta's pyroclaustic flows came down the valley following the path of least resistance (similar to water) and got redirected by this glacier moraine. The ash was funneled into the moraine breach created by the Ukak river. Eventually the ash flow deposits reached the base of Mt Katolinat almost 13 miles from Novarupta itself.Download 4.5 MB
An unknown volume of ash is eroded from the valley each year by the forces of wind and water. Interesting features are left behind occasionally like these "peaks" near Ukak Falls. Close to 100 years after the eruption, winds still remobilze the ash from 1912 and block the view up the valley. These duststorms are large enough to occasionally fool people into thinking another volcanic eruption is underway.Download 4.4 MB