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Gaging discharge on the Jago River 110618 1054

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We gaged discharge on the Jago River in summer 2011.  This view is from the eastern bank looking back on the channels we gaged.

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A: Tag-line over the Jago River East Channel 110618 1048

di Matt Nolan, 60 metri di distanza

We gaged water discharge of the Jago River during summer 2011.  This yellow line is made from kevlar ...

Tag-line over the Jago River East Channel 110618 1048

B: Tag-line across the Jago River 110618 1009

di Matt Nolan, 180 metri di distanza

We gaged water discharge on the Jago River in summer 2011.  Here a tagline is extended across two of ...

Tag-line across the Jago River 110618 1009

C: Dinner on the Jago River 110617 2055

di Matt Nolan, 480 metri di distanza

We enjoyed a nice dinner on the banks of the Jago River during an expedition to measure water dischar...

Dinner on the Jago River 110617 2055

D: Jago Lake (17 Aug 07 12:23)

di Matt Nolan, 570 metri di distanza

Willow bushes take strange shapes on the tundra for many reasons. Here, the winter snowpack thickness...

Jago Lake (17 Aug 07 12:23)

E: Jago River (17 Aug 07 12:23)

di Matt Nolan, 570 metri di distanza

Willow bushes take strange shapes on the tundra for many reasons. Here, the winter snowpack thickness...

Jago River (17 Aug 07 12:23)

F: Waiting for better weather on the Jago River

di Matt Nolan, 580 metri di distanza

We've spent many nights over the years waiting for better weather at this spot.  Fortunately we usual...

Waiting for better weather on the Jago River

G: Campfire on the Jago River

di Matt Nolan, 970 metri di distanza

We enjoyed a nice evening on the bank of the Jago River, following a long and productive field campai...

Campfire on the Jago River

H: Jago Lake (16 Aug 07 12:42)

di Matt Nolan, 1.7 km di distanza

Tussoks are the bane of all tundra hikers.

Jago Lake (16 Aug 07 12:42)

I: Jago River (16 Aug 07 12:42)

di Matt Nolan, 1.7 km di distanza

Tussoks are the bane of all tundra hikers.

Jago River (16 Aug 07 12:42)

J: Jago River (29 July 07 13:36)

di Matt Nolan, 2.0 km di distanza

Who trims these willows? Visit this link to see a higher resolution panorama of this location and mak...

Jago River (29 July 07 13:36)

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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