** What you'll see:** It's quintessential New England scenery all the way, right down to the lighthouses that dot the state's rocky shores.Dating back to the mid '20s, Route 1 traverses the length of Maine while mostly hugging the coastline.You pass village men, machete in hand, on their way to tend wildish fields of taro and cassava.You pass beneath centurion mango trees, giant fruit bats roosting in their canopies.Sheer 200-foot living walls of forest greenery surround the village, where you sleep in the embrace of an extinct volcano.You are greeted by a sea of elated children, treated to feasts, given the only beds in the household, and you are made an actual villager in a cultural ritual dating back hundreds of years.The main sources of income are oil/gas and commercial fishing.Tourism is a very large part of the community because of the Kenai River.
As part of a coastal regional Alaskan transect we analyzed a 2.5 meter sediment core at 2-cm intervals for fossil pollen, spores, and macrofossils over the last 14,000 years, utilizing plant macrofossils for accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) carbon-14 dating.
Complexity in the Alaskan Younger Dryas cooling is indicated by the expansion of dwarf birch on the Kenai, while other Alaskan sites show declines in shrubs and increases in herbs.
Possible explanations include either birch dominance due to increased snowfall which would have favored nutrient enrichment, or enhanced permafrost which may have created palsas and a drier habitat.
A remarkable fern dominance that followed for about 3000 years (11,500-8500 years ago) shows high moisture in the region.
This wetter interval is in contrast to drier conditions at Icy Cape and Yakutat to the southeast. Guilderson 2009: Climate and vegetation history from a 14,000-year peatland record, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska.