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Before the Eruption | After the Eruption | Geomorphology | Vegetation | Arthropods | Birds | Subtidal and Intertidal | Marine Mammals |

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Before the Eruption


Auklet colony on Kasatochi before the eruption. Photo by Vernon Byrd, USFWS
Auklet colony on Kasatochi before the eruption. Photo by Vernon Byrd, USFWS
Fish and Wildlife Service research cabin on Kasatochi before the eruption. Photo by Vernon Byrd, USFWS
Fish and Wildlife Service research cabin on Kasatochi before the eruption. Photo by Vernon Byrd, USFWS
Kasatochi before the eruption. Photo by Vernon Byrd, USFWS
Kasatochi before the eruption. Photo by Vernon Byrd, USFWS
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service research cabin on Kasatochi Island before the 2008 eruption.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service research cabin on Kasatochi Island before the 2008 eruption.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service research cabin on Kasatochi Island in 2006. Photo courtesy of Steve Hillebrand, USFWS
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service research cabin on Kasatochi Island in 2006. Photo courtesy of Steve Hillebrand, USFWS
Flock of seabirds off Kasatochi in 2006. Photo courtesy of Steve Hillebrand, USFWS
Flock of seabirds off Kasatochi in 2006. Photo courtesy of Steve Hillebrand, USFWS
Vegetated slope of Kasatochi before the eruption. Photo courtesy of Vernon Byrd, USFWS
Vegetated slope of Kasatochi before the eruption. Photo courtesy of Vernon Byrd, USFWS
Summit crater and crater lake of Kasatochi volcano, August 6, 2008, the day before the eruption. The crater shown here is about 4,000 feet in diameter. Photo by Chris Ford, USFWS
Summit crater and crater lake of Kasatochi volcano, August 6, 2008, the day before the eruption. The crater shown here is about 4,000 feet in diameter. Photo by Chris Ford, USFWS

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After the Eruption


Location of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service research cabin after the 2008 eruption of Kasatochi volcano (red arrow) .
Location of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service research cabin after the 2008 eruption of Kasatochi volcano (red arrow).
Kasatochi from the water. Photo by George Esslinger, USGS
Kasatochi from the water. Photo by George Esslinger, USGS
Kasatochi from the water. Photo by George Esslinger, USGS
Kasatochi from the water. Photo by George Esslinger, USGS
Kasatochi from the water. Photo by George Esslinger, USGS
Kasatochi from the water. Photo by George Esslinger, USGS
Kasatochi from the water - sea lions hauled out on shore. Photo by George Esslinger, USGS
Kasatochi from the water - sea lions hauled out on shore. Photo by George Esslinger, USGS
Panoramic image of Kasatochi after the 2008 eruption. Photo by Gary Drew, USGS
Panoramic image of Kasatochi after the 2008 eruption. Photo by Gary Drew, USGS
Pyroclastic-flow deposits on the slopes of Kasatochi volcano on August 22, 2008, two weeks after the eruption. Photo by Chris Waythomas, USGS, Alaska Volcano Observatory
Pyroclastic-flow deposits on the slopes of Kasatochi volcano on August 22, 2008, two weeks after the eruption. Photo by Chris Waythomas, USGS, Alaska Volcano Observatory
Pyroclastic-flow at the shoreline of Kasatochi volcano on August 22, 2008.  This flow was still warm even after two weeks following the eruption. Photo by Chris Waythomas, USGS, Alaska Volcano Observatory
Pyroclastic-flow at the shoreline of Kasatochi volcano on August 22, 2008. This flow was still warm even after two weeks following the eruption . Photo by Chris Waythomas, USGS, Alaska Volcano Observatory
White precipitate from crack in pyroclastic-flow on August 22, 2008 on Kasatochi volcano. Photo by Chris Waythomas, USGS, Alaska Volcano Observatory
White precipitate from crack in pyroclastic-flow on August 22, 2008 on Kasatochi volcano. Photo by Chris Waythomas, USGS, Alaska Volcano Observatory

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Geomorphology


Gully erosion after the eruption on Kasatochi.
Gully erosion after the eruption on Kasatochi.
Coastal erosion of Kasatochi.
Coastal erosion of Kasatochi.
Slopes of Kasatochi still steaming after the eruption.
Slopes of Kasatochi still steaming after the eruption.
slope of Kasatochi with gully erosion.
Slope of Kasatochi with gully erosion.

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Vegetation


Plants on Kasatochi's slope. Photo by Lawrence Walker, UNLV
This photograph shows a representative plot assigned to the post eruption Leymus mollis bluff ridge vegetation type. This is a species-poor, post eruption type that occurred primarily on bluff ridges that were wave-cut cliffs prior to the eruption. Although the type is considered species-poor, the mean species diversity was generally higher than the other post eruption types, and we consider this type to be a relict of the formerly widespread Lupinus nootkatensis-Festuca rubra meadows that characterized Kasatochi prior to the 2008 eruption . Photo by Lawrence Walker, UNLV
The moss <i>Ceratodon purpureus</i>. Photo by Lawrence Walker, UNLV
The moss Ceratodon purpureus . Photo by Lawrence Walker, UNLV
Bright orange acomycete fungus <i>Aleuria aurantia</i>. Photo by Lawrence Walker, UNLV
Bright orange acomycete fungus Aleuria aurantia. Photo by Lawrence Walker, UNLV

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Arthropods


Lyrosoma opacum, the only breeding beetle on post-eruption Kasatochi. Photo by Derek Sikes, UAF
Lyrosoma opacum, the only breeding beetle on post-eruption Kasatochi. Photo by Derek Sikes, UAF
Weevil (Lepidophorus inquinatus) from Amatignak Island. Photo by Derek Sikes, UAF
Weevil (Lepidophorus inquinatus), this was common on pre-eruptive Kasatochi. Photo by Derek Sikes, UAF
Aegialites sp., a beetle on pre-eruption Kasatochi that did not survive the eruption. Photo by Derek Sikes, UAF
Aegialites sp., a beetle on pre-eruption Kasatochi that did not survive the eruption. Photo by Derek Sikes, UAF
Shore fly (on Adak Island). This was common on Kasatochi pre- and post-eruption. Photo by Derek Sikes, UAF
Shore fly (on Adak Island). This was common on Kasatochi pre- and post-eruption . Photo by Derek Sikes, UAF
Crevice arthropods might have survived the eruption of 2008. Photo by Derek Sikes, UAF
Crevice arthropods might have survived the eruption of 2008. Photo by Derek Sikes, UAF
Coastal pseudoscorpion mother, Atka island. Photo by Derek Sikes, UAF
Coastal pseudoscorpion mother, Atka island, 19km southeast of Kasatochi. This is a pseudoscorpion that is fairly common on most of the islands and was on pre-eruptive Kasatochi but not post-eruption. Photo by Derek Sikes, UAF

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Birds


Least Auklets on the ash mud slope of Kasatochi. Photo by Gary Drew, USGS
Least Auklets on the ash mud slope of Kasatochi. Photo by Gary Drew, USGS
Crested Auklets on the ash mud of Kasatochi. Photo by Gary Drew, USGS
Crested Auklets on the ash mud of Kasatochi. Photo by Gary Drew, USGS
Crested Auklet eggs found during a subtidal survey off Kasatochi. Photo by Gary Drew, USGS
Crested Auklet eggs found during a subtidal survey off Kasatochi. Photo by Gary Drew, USGS
Flock of Auklets flying off Kasatochi before the 2008 eruption. Photo courtesy of Vernon Byrd, USFWS.
Flock of Auklets flying off Kasatochi before the 2008 eruption. Photo courtesy of Vernon Byrd, USFWS.
Two pairs of Bald eagles were estimated on Kasatochi before the eruption. Photo courtesy of Vernon Byrd, USFWS
Two pairs of Bald eagles were estimated on Kasatochi before the eruption. Photo courtesy of Vernon Byrd, USFWS
Eight pairs of Peregrine Falcons were estimated on Kasatochi before the eruption. Photo courtesy of Vernon Byrd, USFWS
Eight pairs of Peregrine Falcons were estimated on Kasatochi before the eruption. Photo courtesy of Vernon Byrd, USFWS
While auklets were the most abundant group, thousands of seabirds of at least a dozen species nested at Kasatochi. Photo courtesy of Vernon Byrd, USFWS
While auklets were the most abundant group, thousands of seabirds of at least a dozen species nested at Kasatochi. Photo courtesy of Vernon Byrd, USFWS
Various landbirds on Kasatochi before the eruption. Photo courtesy of Vernon Byrd, USFWS
Various landbirds on Kasatochi before the eruption - photo courtesy of Vernon Byrd, USFWS. Photo courtesy of Vernon Byrd, USFWS
Thick-billed Murre flying near Kasatochi in 2009. Photo by Gary Drew, USGS
Thick-billed Murre flying near Kasatochi in 2009. Photo by Gary Drew, USGS
Glaucous-winged Gull flying near Kasatochi in 2009. Photo by Gary Drew, USGS
Glaucous-winged Gull flying near Kasatochi in 2009. Photo by Gary Drew, USGS
Northern Fulmar flying near Kasatochi in 2009. Photo by Gary Drew, USGS
Northern Fulmar flying near Kasatochi in 2009. Photo by Gary Drew, USGS
Laysan Albatross swimming near Kasatochi in 2009. Photo by Gary Drew, USGS
Laysan Albatross swimming near Kasatochi in 2009. Photo by Gary Drew, USGS

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Subtidal and Intertidal


sandy bottom off Kasatochi. Photo by Heloise Chenelot, UAF
Sandy bottom off Kasatochi. Photo by Heloise Chenelot, UAF
Kelp (Alaria sp.) forest off Ulak Island (approx. 28 km from Kasatochi). Photo by Heloise Chenelot, UAF
Kelp (Alaria sp.) forest off Ulak Island (approx. 28 km from Kasatochi). Photo by Heloise Chenelot, UAF
Rose star (Crossaster papposus) star off Kasatochi. Photo by Heloise Chenelot, UAF
Rose star (Crossaster papposus) off Ulak Island (approx. 28 km from Kasatochi). Photo by Heloise Chenelot, UAF
Ostrich plume hydroid (Aglaophenia struthionides) off Ulak Island (approx. 28 km from Kasatochi). Photo by Heloise Chenelot, UAF
Ostrich plume hydroid (Aglaophenia struthionides) off Ulak Island (approx. 28 km from Kasatochi). Photo by Heloise Chenelot, UAF
Spiny king crab (Paralithodes rathbuni) off Ulak Island (approx. 28 km from Kasatochi). Photo by Heloise Chenelot, UAF
Spiny king crab (Paralithodes rathbuni) off Ulak Island (approx. 28 km from Kasatochi). Photo by Heloise Chenelot, UAF

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Marine Mammals


The island also supported a diverse group of marine mammals including the endangered Steller sea lion. Photo courtesy of Vernon Byrd, USFWS
The island supported a diverse group of marine mammals including the endangered Steller sea lion. Photo courtesy of Vernon Byrd, USFWS
Harbor seals. Photo courtesy of Vernon Byrd, USFWS
Harbor seals. Photo courtesy of Vernon Byrd, USFWS
Stejnegers Beaked Whale. Photo courtesy of Vernon Byrd, USFWS
Stejnegers Beaked Whale. Photo courtesy of Vernon Byrd, USFWS
Steller sea lions hauled out on Kasatochi in 2009. Photo by Gary Drew, USGS
Steller sea lions hauled out on Kasatochi in 2009. Photo by Gary Drew, USGS
Killer whales. Photo courtesy of Vernon Byrd, USFWS
Killer whales. Photo courtesy of Vernon Byrd, USFWS
Sperm whale near Kasatochi in 2009. Photo by Gary Drew, USGS
Sperm whale near Kasatochi in 2009. Photo by Gary Drew, USGS
Sperm whale near Kasatochi in 2009. Photo by Gary Drew, USGS
Sperm whale near Kasatochi in 2009. Photo by Gary Drew, USGS

 

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