Astronaut on board ISS captured the Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska, U.S.

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Katmai National Park and Preserve is an American national park and preserve in southern Alaska, notable for the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes and for its brown bears. Most of the national park is a designated wilderness area where all hunting is banned. The park is named after Mount Katmai, its centerpiece stratovolcano. The park is located on the Alaska Peninsula, across from Kodiak Island, with headquarters in nearby King Salmon, about 470km southwest of Anchorage. The area was first designated a national monument in 1918 to protect the area around the major 1912 volcanic eruption of Novarupta, which formed the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, a 100km2, 30-213m pyroclastic flow.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

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Reference: Beauty Carved by Nature’s Violence
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