Hula Hula River in ANWR (25 Aug 08 0907)
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Hula Hula River in ANWR (25 Aug 08 0907)

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This panorama was taken at one of our campsites while on a float trip we took to collect ground control points for a new topographic map we made in this region.

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A: ANWR Hula Hula River (25 Aug 08 0839)

by Matt Nolan, 160 meters away

This panorama was taken at one of our campsites while on a float trip we took to collect ground contr...

ANWR Hula Hula River (25 Aug 08 0839)

B: ANWR Hula Hula River (25 Aug 08 0856)

by Matt Nolan, 170 meters away

ANWR Hula Hula River (25 Aug 08 0856)

C: Pano 110815 Hulahula

by Matt Nolan, 7.1 km away

Pano 110815 Hulahula

D: Pano 110817 Group Tent

by Matt Nolan, 13.7 km away

We enjoyed a nice dinner in our tent at Fish Hole 1 along the Hulahula River.  This Kifaru teepee ten...

Pano 110817 Group Tent

E: ANWR Hula Hula River (25 Aug 08)

by Matt Nolan, 13.8 km away

Our float trip ended at this sonar fish counting site run by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Nearly...

ANWR Hula Hula River (25 Aug 08)

F: ANWR Hula Hula River (24 Aug 08 1100)

by Matt Nolan, 17.7 km away

This panorama shows bank erosion on the Hula Hula River.  This is a normal part of river evolution.  ...

ANWR Hula Hula River (24 Aug 08 1100)

G: ANWR Hula Hula River (24 Aug 08 0724)

by Matt Nolan, 17.8 km away

This panorama was taken at one of our campsites while on a float trip we took to collect ground contr...

ANWR Hula Hula River (24 Aug 08 0724)

H: Pano 110814 Fish Hole 2 camp

by Matt Nolan, 17.9 km away

We spent a few days at Fish Hole 2 to begin our float trip on the Hulahula River.  Our goals were to ...

Pano 110814 Fish Hole 2 camp

I: Camping on the Hulahula River 110613 2310

by Matt Nolan, 17.9 km away

We gaged water discharge on the Hulahula River in summer 2011 and also sampled aquatic invertebrates ...

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J: Collecting invertebrates on the Hulahula River 110613 1646

by Matt Nolan, 18.1 km away

We conducted a survey of aquatic invertebrates in the Hulahula River in summer 2011.  Here Greta Burk...

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This panorama was taken in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

This is an overview of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The biggest city in Alaska is Anchorage, sitting in Cook Inlet on the coast of the north pacific. Suburban expansion in Anchorage means houses are being built up into the mountains behind the city.

People in these new developments complain about "the wildlife" sometimes but you know what? You're gonna get moose in your yard when you build houses on their terrain. They will eat your flowers and sleep in your driveway, and stare at you over the top of a parked full-size pickup truck. They're like cows on stilts. I'm just trying to give you an idea of the scale of things up in Alaska, where there are more small planes per capita than anywhere else in the US. Many small villages get their fuel supply flown in by large aircraft, and that's it for the year.

North of Anchorage there are six hundred miles of mountains with very few roads or people, and then up at the top of that expanse is the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It's about nineteen million acres of space, or seventy-seven thousand square kilometers.

If you put a map of the state of Alaska on top of a map of the United States, Alaska would cover half of the country. Alaska by itself is the size of half of the United States. That's an easy idea to miss because most maps shrink Alaska when they show it next to the continental U.S.

Back to the pictures: locals in Kavtovik make use of the natural environment. Whale bones on the beach are an example of the subsistence lifestyle which has been going on here for long before airplanes and panoramic pictures.

Alaska is beautiful in the fall season. Fireweed turns bright red and the birch trees change to gold. You have no idea what air is supposed to smell like until you visit Alaska.

This is a really interesting set of pictures. Scientists get the award for "most thorough documentation" of a spot.

Okay, I haven't personally been up as far as AWNR, but I can tell you just from hiking Girdwood that it's a very very amazing feeling to walk for a while, turn around, and see absolutely nothing man-made anywhere in your field of vision, except your boots.

Mattanuska Thunder!

Text by Steve Smith.

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