Diamond Point, Iliamna Bay

Diamond Point, Iliamna Bay

by | Aug 24, 2020

Diamond Point is a headland in the Chigmit Mountains, on the southwest shore of Cook Inlet, between Iliamna and Cottonwood Bays, about 126 miles (203 km) northeast of King Salmon and 75 miles (121 km) west of Homer, Alaska. The name was first published in 1907 on charts by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey.

Iliamna Bay is a fjord that extends from Cook Inlet for 6 miles (10 km) into the Chigmit Mountains on the southeast coast of the Alaska Peninsula. The name is from Lake Iliamna and according to G.C. Martin of the U.S. Geological Survey, Iliamna is said to be “the name of a mythical great blackfish, supposed to inhabit this lake, which bites holes in the bidarkas of bad natives”.

A massive deposit of copper-gold-molybdenum porphyry, called Pebble, is located under rolling permafrost-free terrain in the Iliamna region, approximately 200 miles (323 km) southwest of Anchorage and 60 miles (97 km) west of Cook Inlet. The closest communities are the villages of Iliamna, Newhalen, and Nondalton, each approximately 17 miles (27 km) from the Pebble deposit. Plans have advanced to develop an open-pit mine and associated infrastructure for approximately 20 years of mining operations. A total of 1.4 billion tons of material would be mined over the life of the project. In addition to the mine site, the project would have three other major components: a transportation corridor to move the mineral concentrate and bring goods to the project site, a port facility, and a natural gas pipeline from the Kenai Peninsula to the mine site for power generation. Diamond Point is a proposed site for the port facility. Read more here and here. Explore more of Diamond Point here:

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This ‘warming stripe’ graphic is a visual representation of the change in global temperature from 1850 (top) to 2021 (bottom). Each stripe represents the average global temperature for one year. The average temperature from 1971-2000 is set as the boundary between blue and red. The color scale goes from -0.7°C to +0.7°C. The data are from the UK Met Office HadCRUT4.6 dataset. 

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