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From Hidden Alaska
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|Clouds scrape by the snow-covered Iliamna Volcano, which last erupted before Europeans settled in the area. (p. 98)||The wilderness of Chikuminuk Lake and Wood-Tikchik State Park displays an untouched nature that has mostly vanished from the lower 48 states. (p. 100)||Corporate interests have proposed a massive mining operation to unearth the rich deposits of gold, copper, and molybdenum under the land in this region. (p. 150)||"We love our fish," says Ina Bouker, a Yupik and teacher from Dillingham who opposes the mine. "The salmon always run. But if their habitat is destroyed, they will not come back." (p. 144)|
|The eerily majestic northern lights, or aurora borealis, blaze above Twelvemile Summit on the Steese Highway. (p. 76)||Commercial fishermen pull in a drift gill net at dusk on Bristol Bay. In an average year more than 40 million salmon travel through the bay to their spawning grounds. (p. 122)||Although brown bears are normally solitary creatures, they congregate at places like Brooks Falls in the summer to catch and eat spawning salmon. (p. 127)||A male salmon rests on his long voyage back to the waters of his birth. These migrating salmon die shortly after breeding. (p. 129)|
Breathtakingly beautiful pictures. We got this before our summer trip to Alaska and the pictures perfectly capture the beauty you see in person.Published 2 months ago by Polly B.
Great read as well as an excellent photographic work. Alaska in general and the Bristol Bay area are captured in words and images.Published on July 9, 2012 by CD