Sanford Cove and the Muskeg

The spongy ground surface of the muskeg above Sanford Cove appears solid at first glance. Years of accumulation of organic material creates a terrain of decomposed muck that pulls you down with each step. Walking through the Arctic boglands can be challenging. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
The spongy ground surface of the muskeg above Sanford Cove appears solid at first glance. Years of accumulation of organic material creates a terrain of decomposed muck that pulls you down with each step. Walking through the Arctic boglands can be challenging.
Hypersaturated soil stunts the growth of trees in the arctic muskeg. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Hypersaturated soil stunts the growth of trees in the arctic muskeg.
Sean Rielly (from left) and Liz Gifford study lichen in the branches of a tree. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Sean Rielly (from left) and Liz Gifford study lichen in the branches of a tree.
Liz Gifford photographs a posted sign on a tree in the muskeg above Sandford Cove. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Liz Gifford photographs a posted sign on a tree in the muskeg above Sandford Cove.
Sean Rielly calls in the team's position. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Sean Rielly calls in the team's position.
Liz Gifford playfully models a discarded net she discovered at a camp site in Sanford Cove. Forest rangers collect trash in the Tongass to keep the areas pristine. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Liz Gifford playfully models a discarded net she discovered at a camp site in Sanford Cove. Forest rangers collect trash in the Tongass to keep the areas pristine.
Liz Gifford and Sean Rielly return to their sea kayaks on Sanford Cove. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Liz Gifford and Sean Rielly return to their sea kayaks on Sanford Cove.
A beach near near Sanford Cove. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
A beach near Sanford Cove.
Sean Rielly monitors the solitude on a beach near Sanford Cove. (Photo/Julie Denesha)
Sean Rielly monitors the solitude on a beach near Sanford Cove.
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