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Supercub in Happy Valley (12 Sept 08 1724)

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We spent a week based out of Happy Valley, creating a photo inventory of glaciers in the Brooks Range.  Here we are waiting for better weather in the mountains.

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Panorama's in de omgeving van Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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A: Kavik River near Kavik River Camp

door Matt Nolan, 95.0 hier vandaan

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

Kavik River near Kavik River Camp

B: Super cub departing Kavik River Camp

door Matt Nolan, 95.2 hier vandaan

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

C: Galley at Kavik River Camp

door Matt Nolan, 95.3 hier vandaan

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

D: Beaver on Shrader Lake

door Matt Nolan, 152.6 hier vandaan

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

Beaver on Shrader Lake

E: Grassers Airstrip in the Hulahula River valley 110609 1931

door Matt Nolan, 166.4 hier vandaan

Grasser's airstrip in the Hulahula River valley is one of the longest and hardest strips in this regi...

Grassers Airstrip in the Hulahula River valley 110609 1931

F: Sheltered from the wind on the Hulahula River 110609 1926

door Matt Nolan, 166.4 hier vandaan

We arrived at Grasser's air strip on the Hulahula River to begin a float to the coast, measuring wate...

Sheltered from the wind on the Hulahula River 110609 1926

G: Water sampling on the Hulahula River

door Matt Nolan, 166.5 hier vandaan

We took water samples all along the Hulahula River, in addtion to gaging water discharge and collecti...

Water sampling on the Hulahula River

H: Collecting water samples on the Hulahula River 110611 1943

door Matt Nolan, 167.5 hier vandaan

We measured water discharge, water chemistry, and aquatic ecology during the summer of 2011.  Here Gr...

Collecting water samples on the Hulahula River 110611 1943

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

door Matt Nolan, 177.8 hier vandaan

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)

J: Fall colors on the Hula Hula River (080823 1738)

door Matt Nolan, 177.8 hier vandaan

Great weather and fall colors conspire to make a pleasant place to visit in August near the Hula Hula...

Fall colors on the Hula Hula River (080823 1738)

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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