Brevig Mission


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I had to do something different with Brevig Mission, because technically the sample wasn't sand. Geologists identify sand grains as falling between 1/16 of a mm to 2 mm. Anything larger is a pebble. We are dealing with pebbles here! All of the pebbles are igneous, and they are very varied. What I tried to do was give a cross section of the different pebbles that make up this very unusual sample. The top image was taken at ZERO MAGNITUDE , but I included a scale bar because the photograph had to be taken at a much higher elevation to include the samples. All of the other images were taken at 1X MAGNIFICATION . Enjoy!! Thanks Pam for a great sample from this very remote site.



Space Shuttle 100mm Photograph

Image credit:  Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center (






BREVIG MISSION 65.33N, 166.49W

The link is to the Wikipedia page on the Brevig Mission.







This sample was contributed by a  faculty member from the Anthony A. Andrews School in St. Michael, Alaska.

The Andrews School is a member of the Bering Strait School District.

Return to Alaskan Sand to view a high resolution version of all Alaska samples. Click the thumbnails above to view high resolution versions of these images.

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