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Jago Lake (30 July 07 15:40)

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This image is part of series of transects documenting the western shore of Jago Lake.

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Panorama's in de omgeving van Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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A: McCall Valley (30 July 07 15:40)

door Matt Nolan, minder dan 10 meter hier vandaan

McCall Valley (30 July 07 15:40)

B: McCall Valley (16 Aug 07 10:34)

door Matt Nolan, 730 hier vandaan

McCall Creek enters the Jago River.

McCall Valley (16 Aug 07 10:34)

C: Hiking along the Jago River (080820 1526)

door Matt Nolan, 1.7 hier vandaan

Hiking out from McCall Glacier, we spend a few minutes enjoying the scenery along the Jago River.

Hiking along the Jago River (080820 1526)

D: Diaper change in McCall Valley (29 June 08 14:44)

door Matt Nolan, 2.7 hier vandaan

Turner seems unimpressed, but changing a diaper in mosquito country is no easy feat.  Here we are hik...

Diaper change in McCall Valley (29 June 08 14:44)

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

door Matt Nolan, 2.7 hier vandaan

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)

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

door Matt Nolan, 3.1 hier vandaan

Tussoks are the bane of all tundra hikers.

Jago Lake (16 Aug 07 12:42)

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

door Matt Nolan, 3.1 hier vandaan

Tussoks are the bane of all tundra hikers.

Jago River (16 Aug 07 12:42)

H: McCall Valley (30 July 07 12:43)

door Matt Nolan, 3.7 hier vandaan

McCall Valley (30 July 07 12:43)

I: McCall Valley (30 July 07 13:33)

door Matt Nolan, 4.5 hier vandaan

McCall Valley (30 July 07 13:33)

J: Tag-line across the Jago River 110618 1009

door Matt Nolan, 4.7 hier vandaan

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

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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