Point Woronzof, Knik Arm

Point Woronzof, Knik Arm

by | Sep 17, 2022

Point Woronzof is a headland in Cook Inlet on the south coast of Knik Arm, 4 miles (6.5 km) west of downtown Anchorage, Alaska. The point was named after the Russian diplomat Semyon Vorontsov, by Lieutenant Joseph Whidbey of the Royal Navy who was a member of Captain George Vancouver’s expedition on May 4, 1794.

Count Semyon Romanovich Vorontsov was from the aristocratic Russian Vorontsov family. He distinguished himself during the first Russo-Turkish War at Larga and Kagula in 1770. In 1783, he was appointed Russian minister at Vienna, but in 1785 was transferred to London. Vorontsov soon attained great influence and authority in Great Britain and resided there for the last 47 years of his life, from 1785 until his death in 1832. During that time he was the Russian ambassador to the Kingdom of Great Britain from 1785 to 1800 and to the United Kingdom from 1801 to 1806.

Point Woronzof Overlook offers dramatic views over Cook Inlet and of Mount Susitna and is frequently visited by locals and visitors. Point Woronzof Park occupies 192 acres (37 ha) between Point Woronzof and Kincaid Park at Point Campbell. A pair of lighted panels on the point are aids to navigation that mark the Fire Island Range, the main shipping channel between the Phillips-A Platform in Cook Inlet and Point Woronzof. Severe and continued erosion of the Point Woronzof bluff presents a number of problems to existing infrastructure located adjacent to the bluff. These include losing the use of Runway 33 at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, loss of a portion of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, loss of access to the Alaska Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Point Woronzof Overlook, and Point Woronzof Park. Read more here and here. Explore more of Point Woronzof 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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