Fox Creek and Shaw Islands

Aug 05, 2019 - National Geographic Quest


Every day there is a story to be told. Today’s story is an old one about the great inhalation and exhalation of fresh Pacific draughts by the interior waterways of northern Southeast Alaska. Ever since the glaciers retreated enough to open up the passages between Cross Sound and Icy Strait, twice a day great volumes of water have rushed through, forced by the true global tidal wave circling the ocean basins of the world, raising and lowering the elevation of the water according to the gravitational pull of the sun and moon. This exchange also cools the air and brings in nutrients, while stirring up organisms from the depths. Seabirds, eagles, whales, sea lions, sea otters all benefit from the abundance of food.

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Robert Edwards

Naturalist

Growing up in the Appalachian foothills of the Garden State, Rob instinctively knew it made a lot more sense to head over the hill into the fields, forests, lakes, and streams behind his house, rather than down the road to the shopping mall in front of it. The natural world piqued the inherent curiosity in all of us and set his life course based on these questions: how does the world work, and how do we as humans fit into it?  

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