Pano 110814 Fish Hole 2 camp
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Pano 110814 Fish Hole 2 camp

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We spent a few days at Fish Hole 2 to begin our float trip on the Hulahula River.  Our goals were to investigate the impact of disappearing glaciers on the downstream ecosystems.  From here, we floated to the coast.

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A: Camping on the Hulahula River 110613 2310

di Matt Nolan, 60 metri di distanza

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

Camping on the Hulahula River 110613 2310

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

di Matt Nolan, 130 metri di distanza

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)

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

di Matt Nolan, 210 metri di distanza

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)

D: Collecting invertebrates on the Hulahula River 110613 1646

di Matt Nolan, 250 metri di distanza

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

Collecting invertebrates on the Hulahula River 110613 1646

E: Sunset on the Hulahula River 110614 0055

di Matt Nolan, 270 metri di distanza

After several days of mild storms, we were treated to a break in the clouds.  Water levels were low, ...

Sunset on the Hulahula River 110614 0055

F: ANWR Hula Hula River (24 Aug 08 0741)

di Matt Nolan, 310 metri di distanza

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 0741)

G: ANWR Hula Hula River (25 Aug 08 0751)

di Matt Nolan, 390 metri di distanza

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 0751)

H: ANWR Hula Hula River (25 Aug 08 0805)

di Matt Nolan, 560 metri di distanza

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 0805)

I: ANWR Hula Hula River (23 Aug 08 1529)

di Matt Nolan, 1.3 km di distanza

This location is known as Fish Hole #2 on the Hula Hula River, and is a popular spot for subsistence ...

ANWR Hula Hula River (23 Aug 08 1529)

J: Helio Courier over the Hula Hula River (23 Aug 08 1248)

di Matt Nolan, 1.8 km di distanza

A Helio Courier H295 from Wright Air Service in Fairbanks flies over the Hula Hula River on its way b...

Helio Courier over the Hula Hula River (23 Aug 08 1248)

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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