ANWR Coastal Plain (24 July 07 17:23)
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ANWR Coastal Plain (24 July 07 17:23)

The World > North America > USA > Alaska > Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Tag: stream, tundra

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The coastal plain is flat, really flat. Here we enjoy a scrumptious dinner of hot dogs and mosquitos.

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Immagini nelle vicinanze di Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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A: ANWR Jago River (08 July 08 1604)

di Matt Nolan, 890 metri di distanza

This panorama was taken during a trip to collect GPS ground control points for a new topographic map ...

ANWR Jago River (08 July 08 1604)

B: ANWR Jago Bitty (08 July 08 1354)

di Matt Nolan, 1.1 km di distanza

This panorama was taken on the Bitty airstrip near the Jago River.  Here we collected GPS ground cont...

ANWR Jago Bitty (08 July 08 1354)

C: Beaver at Bitty airstrip (08 July 08 13:46)

di Matt Nolan, 1.1 km di distanza

We stopped at the Bitty airstrip to rearrange the cargo in the plane after our air drops.  This airst...

Beaver at Bitty airstrip (08 July 08 13:46)

D: ANWR Jago Bitty (08 July 08 1345)

di Matt Nolan, 1.2 km di distanza

This panorama was taken at the Bitty airstrip near the Jago River.  We measured GPS ground control po...

ANWR Jago Bitty (08 July 08 1345)

E: ANWR Coastal Plain (26 July 07 11:26)

di Matt Nolan, 9.8 km di distanza

About an hour earlier, about a hundred caribou ran past this spot.

ANWR Coastal Plain (26 July 07 11:26)

F: Pano 110817 Group Tent

di Matt Nolan, 22.7 km di distanza

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

Pano 110817 Group Tent

G: ANWR Hula Hula River (25 Aug 08)

di Matt Nolan, 23.0 km di distanza

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)

H: Pano 110818 Hulahula Lunch

di Matt Nolan, 24.8 km di distanza

On our trip from the mountains to coast, we took a break here for lunch and science.

Pano 110818 Hulahula Lunch

I: Jago Moraines (28 July 07 16:48)

di Matt Nolan, 25.2 km di distanza

These low hills were formed by glaciers, over 10,000 years ago.

Jago Moraines (28 July 07 16:48)

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

di Matt Nolan, 26.5 km di distanza

ANWR Hula Hula River (25 Aug 08 0856)

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Questa è una vista generale di 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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