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Ankau Saltchucks are a series of interconnected tidal lagoons forming a complex estuary about 1.2 miles (1.9 km) across on the northwestern end of the Phipps Peninsula at the entrance to Yakutat Bay and the west shore of Monti Bay, about 215 miles (346 km) southeast of Cordova and 3.6 miles (6 km) west-southwest of Yakutat, Alaska.
Port Moller is a small community clustered around a historical salmon cannery located on Moller Bay, an embayment on the Bering Sea coast of the Alaska Peninsula near the western margin of Bristol Bay, about 93 miles (150 km) northeast of King Cove and 87 miles (140 km) west-southwest of Chignik, Alaska.
Point of the Arches and the adjacent Shi Shi Beach represent a unique section of shoreline located at the edge of the Olympic National Park.
Soquel Creek runs through Capitola, a community adjacent to Santa Cruz on the north coast of Monterey Bay, about 75 miles (120 km) south of San Francisco and 26 miles (42 km) north of Monterey, California.
Tin City is a historical mining community on Cape Prince of Wales, located at the mouth of Cape Creek and adjacent to Cape Mountain on the Seward Peninsula, about 103 miles (166 km) northwest of Nome and 6 miles (10 km) southeast of Wales, Alaska.
Cape Kiwanda is a sandstone headland with an elevation of 240 feet (73 m), protected by a basalt island known as Haystack Rock lying 0.5 miles (0.8 km) to the southwest, about 18 miles (29 km) south-southwest of Tillamook and 1 mile (1.6 km) northwest of Pacific City, Oregon.
North Spit of Coos Bay is a sandy, vegetated peninsula separating the estuary of the Coos River from the Pacific Ocean, and the site of Camp Castaway, about 3.8 miles (6 km) west of North Bend and 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Charleston, Oregon.
Larsen Bay is a small village and historical salmon cannery on Larsen Bay, an embayment that extends 6 miles (9.6 km) off of Uyak Bay on the west coast of Kodiak Island, about 125 miles (202 km) southeast of King Salmon and 58 miles (94 km) west-southwest of Kodiak, Alaska.
Alitak is a historical salmon cannery and fish processing plant located on Lazy Bay at the southern end of Kodiak Island, about 152 miles (245 km) southeast of King Salmon and 92 miles (148 km) southwest of Kodiak, Alaska.
Williamsport is a boat landing and seasonal community at the mouth of Williams Creek in the Chigmit Mountains on the west shore of Iliamna Bay on Cook Inlet, about 75 miles (121 km) west of Homer and 43 miles (70 km) east of Iliamna, Alaska.
Winter Harbor is an embayment about 0.3 miles (0.5 km) wide on the west coast of Prince of Wales Island, near the south entrance to Tuxekan Passage, about 66 miles (106 km) northwest of Ketchikan and 15 miles (24 km) north-northwest of Klawock, Alaska.
Point Grenville is a headland with cliffs 120 feet (37 m) high, located on the Quinault Nation lands about 5.6 miles (9 km) north of Moclips and 3 miles (5 km) south-southeast of Taholah, Washington.
About the background graphic
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.
Credit: Professor Ed Hawkins (University of Reading). Click here for more information about the #warmingstripes.