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

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Our float trip ended at this sonar fish counting site run by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Nearly 600 dolly varden pass by this site each day.  Also in the water are several water quality measuring devices; we coordinated to have the same instrumentation on the terminus stream leaving McCall Glacier.  Our measurements show that the Hula Hula River began running clear the same time that snow fell on McCall Glacier ending melt there, providing a solid link that most of the sediment in these arctic rivers has a glacier origin.

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Panorama's in de omgeving van Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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A: Pano 110817 Group Tent

door Matt Nolan, 260 hier vandaan

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

Pano 110817 Group Tent

B: Pano 110818 Hulahula Lunch

door Matt Nolan, 8.2 hier vandaan

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

Pano 110818 Hulahula Lunch

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

door Matt Nolan, 13.7 hier vandaan

ANWR Hula Hula River (25 Aug 08 0856)

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

door Matt Nolan, 13.8 hier vandaan

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

Hula Hula River in ANWR (25 Aug 08 0907)

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

door Matt Nolan, 13.9 hier vandaan

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)

F: Pano 110815 Hulahula

door Matt Nolan, 20.9 hier vandaan

Pano 110815 Hulahula

G: ANWR Jago Bitty (08 July 08 1345)

door Matt Nolan, 21.8 hier vandaan

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)

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

door Matt Nolan, 21.9 hier vandaan

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)

I: ANWR Jago Bitty (08 July 08 1354)

door Matt Nolan, 21.9 hier vandaan

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)

J: ANWR Jago River (08 July 08 1604)

door Matt Nolan, 22.2 hier vandaan

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)

Dit panorama is genomen in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Dit is een overzicht van 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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