The White Alice Communications System was built by the United States Air Force in Alaska during the Cold War. The system was initially intended to provide reliable communications for linking defense radar facilities in remote, isolated, and often rugged locations to a central command at Clear Air Force Station.
Nestucca Bay is an estuary in northern Oregon, about 1 mile (1.6 km) south of Cape Kiwanda, named for the Nestugga coastal tribe. The Nestucca Spit separates the estuary from the ocean and is an important barrier beach that breaks the impact of destructive ocean waves before they can reach the estuary and mainland.
In Alaska and the Pacific Northwest certain beaches will collect vast amounts of stranded marine debris, flotsam and jetsom that may have been adrift at sea for many years. The geomorphology of the shoreline and orientation to prevailing ocean currents are among the important factors determining which beaches collect the most marine debris.