Barrow Whale (10 Oct 08 0044)
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Barrow Whale (10 Oct 08 0044)

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Local whalers in Barrow have just landed a large bowhead whale.  They have already begun scoring the skin in preparation to pull off strips of muktuk.  Local wildlife scientists are hurredly taking measurements and samples before the rest of the whaling team begins stripping off the flesh.

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A: Barrow Whale (10 Oct 08 0256)

di Matt Nolan, meno di 10 metri di distanza

The local residents of Barrow hunt bowhead whales as part of their subsistence use.  Here they are pu...

Barrow Whale (10 Oct 08 0256)

B: Barrow (11 Jan 08 14:08)

di Matt Nolan, 11.9 km di distanza

This location has several types of equipment designed to measure snow fall, as an inter-comparison te...

Barrow (11 Jan 08 14:08)

C: Supercub in Happy Valley (12 Sept 08 1724)

di Matt Nolan, 379.3 km di distanza

We spent a week based out of Happy Valley, creating a photo inventory of glaciers in the Brooks Range...

Supercub in Happy Valley (12 Sept 08 1724)

D: Kavik River near Kavik River Camp

di Matt Nolan, 402.8 km di distanza

The Kavik River winds its way from the Brooks Range to the Arctic Ocean, past Kavik River Camp.

Kavik River near Kavik River Camp

E: Super cub departing Kavik River Camp

di Matt Nolan, 402.9 km di distanza

Everyone gets ancy after a few days of bad weather.  Here Rick and the Big Dog look on as a super cub...

Super cub departing Kavik River Camp

F: Galley at Kavik River Camp

di Matt Nolan, 402.9 km di distanza

Frank and Charlotte make use of the warm and dry galley, as well as the internet, to process radar da...

Galley at Kavik River Camp

G: Pano 110820 Hulahula Mudflats

di Matt Nolan, 478.4 km di distanza

Our last camping spot of our Hulahula River float trip was on the last bit of tundra before the ocean...

Pano 110820 Hulahula Mudflats

H: Beaver on Shrader Lake

di Matt Nolan, 483.2 km di distanza

We shuttled loads off the glacier to here, where we recombined them into a single load back to Coldfo...

Beaver on Shrader Lake

I: Pano 110819 Hulahula

di Matt Nolan, 484.4 km di distanza

We had a long day from Fish Hole 1 to here, the 5 mile strip.  We decided it would be best to camp at...

Pano 110819 Hulahula

J: Pano 110818 Hulahula Lunch

di Matt Nolan, 487.8 km di distanza

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

Pano 110818 Hulahula Lunch

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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