Magazine article Sunset

Summer Trekking in Alaska's Arctic

Magazine article Sunset

Summer Trekking in Alaska's Arctic

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The picture at right was taken in one of the wildest and most remote places left in North America: the treeless north slope of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), in Alaska's northeast corner.

It was snapped on a June evening when hikers (lower left) took an after-dinner stroll above camp on the Kongakut River. Here, the lowangle light ftom the midnight sun turns rounded hummocks of tundra almost gold. Rays glint off the steel blue braids of the river where it spreads out onto the refuge's coastal plain, and patches of snow linger along the banks. The dark ridge on the distant horizon is the rugged spine of the Brooks Range.

Spectacular Arctic scenery is only one reason to consider a trip to ANWR. This wild corner of Alaska has also been in the news lately because of its potential oil reserves, and a visit offers the opportunity to see what's at stake.

The Bush administration recommends opening the coastal plain to oil exploration and drilling; environmentalists want the entire coastal plain designated as wilderness to protect caribou calving grounds and other wildlife habitats from future development. Legislation has been submitted by both sides. At our deadline, Congress had postponed hearings on pending ANWR legislation because of last March's catastrophic oil spill in Prince William Sound, south of Valdez. …

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