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McCall Valley (31 July 07 12:15)

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在附近的图片Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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A: McCall Valley (31 July 07 13:15)

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McCall Valley (31 July 07 13:15)

B: McCall Valley (30 July 07 19:49)

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Caribou make the trails seen in the foreground.

McCall Valley (30 July 07 19:49)

C: Caribou stampede in McCall Valley (28 June 08 21:51)

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We noticed a herd of about 100 caribou gathering on the ridge above us, as we were lying in our bug-n...

Caribou stampede in McCall Valley (28 June 08 21:51)

D: McCall Valley (30 July 07 17:54)

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McCall Valley (30 July 07 17:54)

E: Dinner in McCall Valley (080819 1950)

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On our last hike out of McCall Glacier for the 2008 season, we stopped here to camp and have some din...

Dinner in McCall Valley (080819 1950)

F: McCall Valley (31 July 07 15:34)

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McCall Valley (31 July 07 15:34)

G: McCall Valley (31 July 07 15:41)

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McCall Valley (31 July 07 15:41)

H: Wolf prints in the natural weir (13 May 08 15:54)

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Wolf prints in the natural weir (13 May 08 15:54)

I: McCall Valley (31 July 07 15:52)

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Taking a break, walking over some nasty, dangerous terrain.

McCall Valley (31 July 07 15:52)

J: McCall Valley (30 July 07 15:11)

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McCall Valley (30 July 07 15:11)

此全景拍摄于Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

这是一个概述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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