This section speaks to the physical and chemical environment of the Cook Inlet drainage study area – that is the geology, soil and waters. Research reported here has been assembled from 2004-2008, with some sections including data gathered through 2010. Download individual chapters from the link at the right, either in summary or complete form, or explore individual chapters below.


Chapter 26: Climate and Meteorology

Range and seasonality of precipitation, evaporation, temperatures and wind data

Chapter 27: Geology

Surficial and bedrock geology, geological structure, deposit types, alteration and mineralization

Chapter 28: Physiography

Topography, landforms, permafrost and stream drainage patterns

Chapter 29: Soils

Soil types in the study area

Chapter 30: Geotechnical, Seismic and Volcanism

Surficial geology, overburden and bedrock geology, hydrogeology, physiography, topography and surficial materials in relation to rock mass, water movement and seismicity

Chapter 31: Surface Water Hydrology

Regional and local hydrology, streamflow gaging, snow survey programs

Chapter 32: Reserved for Future Studies

Chapter 33: Surface Water Quality — Freshwater

Physical and chemical parameters related to surface and groundwater quality

Chapter 34: Oceanography and Marine Water Quality

Marine water quality data for physical and chemical parameters

Chapter 35: Trace Elements

Spatial and temporal variability in soil, vegetation, sediments and fish tissue

Chapter 36: Marine Habitats

Marine water quality data for physical and chemical parameters

Chapter 37: Noise

Monitoring data collected to establish baseline noise levels