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I saw this barge in March 2008 accompanied by the Foss ocean-going tug Barbara Foss. See:

s90.photobucket.com/user/wetcoastkidjst/media/Rail%20CN/A...

 

It just may be that that same tug would have been here in this photo, but it was called away to a marine emergency off the west coast of Haida Gwaii involving a small Russian cargo ship the Simushir.

 

For more info on the AquaTrain operation see this:

www.oil-electric.com/2008/03/sea.html

Panorama of ISS038 images showing Onekotan Island, part of the Kuril Islands archipelago.

rusting relics of an abandoned whaling station on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

carriages at an old/abandoned Soviet Naval Base Kraternyy, at Broutana Bay, on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

rusting relics of an abandoned whaling station on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

Panorama of ISS038 images showing Onekotan Island, part of the Kuril Islands archipelago. I like the island in the lake on an island aspect of Onekotan (the island in the lake is a volcano in the crater of an older volcano).

 

(I originally thought this was Simushir Island but was wrong. Thanks to David V. Kutaliya for the correction.)

rusting relics of an abandoned whaling station on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

Remnants of old/abandoned Soviet Naval Base Kraternyy, at Broutana Bay, on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

rusting crane at an old/abandoned Soviet Naval Base Kraternyy, at Broutana Bay, on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

rusting relics of an abandoned whaling station on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

Remnants of old/abandoned Soviet Naval Base Kraternyy, at Broutana Bay, on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

Remnants of old/abandoned Soviet Naval Base Kraternyy, at Broutana Bay, on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

rusting relics of an abandoned whaling station on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

Remnants of old/abandoned Soviet Naval Base Kraternyy, at Broutana Bay, on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

rusting relics of an abandoned whaling station on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

Simushir Island, Kuril Archipelago, Russian Far East, is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 15 crewmember on the International Space Station. Simushir is a deserted, 5-mile-wide volcanic island in the Kuril island chain, half way between northern Japan and the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia. Four volcanoes - Milne, Prevo, Urataman and Zavaritski - have built cones that are high enough to rise above the altitude of green forest. The remaining remnant of Zavaritski volcano is a caldera -- a structure formed when a volcano collapses into its emptied magma chamber. A small lake fills the innermost of three nested calderas which make up Zavaritski Caldera. The larger caldera of Urataman Volcano is connected to the sea. A defunct Soviet naval base occupies the northern tip of the island next to this caldera. The islands and volcanoes of the Kuril chain are part of the Pacific Rim of Fire, marking the edge of the Pacific tectonic plate. Low stratus clouds approaching from the northwest (from the Sea of Okhotsk--top left) bank up against the northwest side of the island, making complex cloud patterns. A small finger of cloud can be seen entering the northernmost caldera (Urataman) at sea level. When this image was taken, the cloud layer had stopped at the northwest coast of the island, not flowing over even the low points of the island between the volcanoes. The cloud pattern suggests that the air mass flowed up and over the island, descending on the southeast side. This descending motion was enough--under stable atmospheric conditions--to warm up the atmosphere locally so that a cloud-free zone formed on the southeastern, lee side of the island.

 

Image credit: NASA

 

Read full caption:

spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/station/crew-15/html/...

 

More about the Crew Earth Observation experiment aboard the International Space Station:

www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/science/experiments/CE...

 

More about space station science:

www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/science/index.html

 

There's a new Flickr group about Space Station Science. Please feel welcome to join! www.flickr.com/groups/stationscience/

rusting relics of an abandoned whaling station on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

rusting crane at an old/abandoned Soviet Naval Base Kraternyy, at Broutana Bay, on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

small waterfall on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

derelict buildings of an old border military post above an abandoned whaling station on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

small bay + abandoned buildings on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

rusting crane at an old/abandoned Soviet Naval Base Kraternyy, at Broutana Bay, on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

Remnants of old/abandoned Soviet Naval Base Kraternyy, at Broutana Bay, on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

Remnants of old/abandoned Soviet Naval Base Kraternyy, at Broutana Bay, on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

Remnants of old/abandoned Soviet Naval Base Kraternyy, at Broutana Bay, on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

rusting relics of an abandoned whaling station on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

gun battery at an old/abandoned Soviet Naval Base Kraternyy, at Broutana Bay, on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

Remnants of old/abandoned Soviet Naval Base Kraternyy, at Broutana Bay, on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

senecio sp at an old/abandoned Soviet Naval Base Kraternyy, at Broutana Bay, on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

skeletal remains of carriage at an old/abandoned Soviet Naval Base Kraternyy, at Broutana Bay, on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

Remnants of old/abandoned Soviet Naval Base Kraternyy, at Broutana Bay, on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

the border marker between Japan and Russia near the derelict buildings of a former Russian military post, abandoned in 1994 when the border was moved further south. This is above an abandoned whaling station on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

truck at an old/abandoned Soviet Naval Base Kraternyy, at Broutana Bay, on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

Remnants of old/abandoned Soviet Naval Base Kraternyy, at Broutana Bay, on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

whale lookout tower - as part of an abandoned whaling station on Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

looking towards the abandoned whaling station/military outpost on (site of the old russia-japan border) at Simushir (Симушир) island in the Kuril (Kurile) Islands, a chain of volcanic islands crossing the pacific between the northern tip of japan and the southern tip of kamchatka (russia).

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