Officials found this 65-foot (20 meter) dock on a remote beach in Olympic National Park, Washington on Dec. 18. Because of the dock's remote location, crews could not begin the removal process until March 19, 2013.
Reaching the Dock
A crew makes the rugged trek to the dock in Olympic National Park on Dec. 21, 2012.
A worker takes samples from the dock on Dec. 21, 2012.
Crews attached a tracking buoy on Dec. 21, 2012 to make sure the dock wouldn't be lost if the current swept it out to sea.
Dock in Surf
The Japanese dock sits in the surf on a remote beach in Olympic National Park.
Rough surf and swollen creeks kept crews from the dock. Helicopters will be used to remove pieces of the dock from the beach.
A view of the dock on Dec. 18, 2012 from helicopter.
Trek to the Dock
Reaching the dock on Dec. 21, 2012 required a trek across fallen logs.
Crossing the Creek
The trip to the dock also involved a deep creek crossing.
Damage to the tsunami dock on the Washington beach.
Workers atop the dock on January 3, 2013.
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Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science, covering topics ranging from geoscience to archaeology to the human brain and behavior. She was previously a senior writer for Live Science but is now a freelancer based in Denver, Colorado, and regularly contributes to Scientific American and The Monitor, the monthly magazine of the American Psychological Association. Stephanie received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.