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Trans Alaska Pipeline near Copper Center, Alaska

This above-ground section of the Trans Alaska Pipeline is located just south of Copper Center Alaska. The pipe was suspended over the forest floor so as not to disturb the permafrost just under the surface. The pipe itself is not attached to the horizontal support underneath it so that it can move freely when it expands and contracts. The actual pipe is 48 inches in diameter and it is covered with insulation and a thin, protective metal cover.

Construction of the pipeline was completed in May of 1977. Since then, over 15 billion barrels of oil have been transported through the pipeline.

For more information on the Trans Alaska Pipeline, go to

Copyright: Tom Sadowski
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 10472x5236
Taken: 12/05/2010
Subida: 17/08/2010
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Tags: oil; environment; energy; pipe; tundra; spruce; boreal; alyeska; taps; terra nova sadowski
More About Alaska

Alaska is the largest state in the United States by area. It is situated in the northwest extremity of the North American continent, with Canada to the east, the Arctic Ocean to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, with Russia further west across the Bering Strait. Approximately half of Alaska's 710,231 residents (as per the 2010 United States Census) live within the Anchorage metropolitan area. Alaska is the least densely populated state of the U.S.Source:

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