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Collecting water samples on the Hulahula River 110611 1943

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We measured water discharge, water chemistry, and aquatic ecology during the summer of 2011.  Here Greta Burkart and Dave Payer collect water samples, near the East Patuk tributary.  Water levels were very low and the river was easily crossed.  We spent the entire night before dragging our boats from Grasser's airstrip.

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A: Grassers Airstrip in the Hulahula River valley 110609 1931

av Matt Nolan, 8.8 km bort

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

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

av Matt Nolan, 8.9 km bort

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

C: Water sampling on the Hulahula River

av Matt Nolan, 8.9 km bort

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

Water sampling on the Hulahula River

D: Okpilak Glacier (05 Aug 07 10:53)

av Matt Nolan, 16.1 km bort

Okpilak Glacier (05 Aug 07 10:53)

E: Okpilak Glacier (05 Aug 07 08:50)

av Matt Nolan, 17.2 km bort

A photo was taken from this spot about 100 years earlier, when the glacier filled the moraine in the ...

Okpilak Glacier (05 Aug 07 08:50)

F: Soot on Esetuk Glacier

av Matt Nolan, 18.2 km bort

Soot accumulates on the surface of Esetuk Glacier and coalesces in small surface streams, where it gr...

Soot on Esetuk Glacier

G: R44 on Esetuk Glacier

av Matt Nolan, 18.2 km bort

We got special permission to use a helicopter on Esetuk Glacier to install a temporary weather statio...

R44 on Esetuk Glacier

H: Small moulin on esetuk glacier

av Matt Nolan, 18.2 km bort

A small moulin on Esetuk Glacier transports surface meltwater to the bottom of the glacier.  Using ic...

Small moulin on esetuk glacier

I: Beaver on Shrader Lake

av Matt Nolan, 27.5 km bort

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

Beaver on Shrader Lake

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Detta är en översikt av 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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