Cape Krusenstern National Monument

Cape Krusenstern National Monument

Summer wildflowers like gentian carpet the beach ridges and outline the lagoons of Cape Krusenstern National Monument. Long-tailed ducks and other birds find this area a feeding and nesting paradise. Over 5,000 years of storms built up the gravel ridges. People lived on the ridges all those years, harvesting fish and sea mammals. Their artifacts are youngest near the ocean and oldest on the 114th ridge farther inland. As they moved out to each new ridge, they left a horizontal trail of evidence that documents their ways of life. Today, Alaska Natives and rural residents still use the area for subsistence hunting.

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