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Two peregrine falcon chicks huddle in their cliff nest along the Colville River, the Slope’s largest. The bluffs along this river support one of the highest densities of nesting raptors in North America.

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Two peregrine falcon chicks huddle in their cliff nest along the Colville River, the Slope’s largest. The bluffs along this river support one of the highest densities of nesting raptors in North America.

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Two peregrine falcon chicks huddle in their cliff nest along the Colville River, the Slope’s largest. The bluffs along this river support one of the highest densities of nesting raptors in North America.

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As the oil industry expands its activities exponentially every year, supply trucks roll day and night up the haul road connecting Prudhoe Bay with the rest of the world.

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As the oil industry expands its activities exponentially every year, supply trucks roll day and night up the haul road connecting Prudhoe Bay with the rest of the world.

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A barrier island near Point Lay separates Kasegaluk Lagoon from the Arctic Ocean near Point Lay. This lagoon is home to beluga whales, bowhead whales and seals.

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A beaded stream caused by permafrost and snow melt. (Colville River Watershed)

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The Colville River Delta on Alaska’s North Slope, an area rich in wildlife.

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A tributary of the Colville River runs rich with fall color in the center of the Slope. This area is so far removed from civilization that it’s very possible nobody alive has ventured there before. The North Slope is home to more areas of true wilderness than anywhere else in the United States.

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An aerial of the Brooks range in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The area north of these mountains lies at the heart of the drilling controversy.

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Vast and unexplored, the Utukok Uplands are the summer calving grounds for the western arctic caribou herd. The area is thought to be underlain with deposits of coal, making the area vulnerable to strip mining.

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A barrier island near Point Lay separates Kasegaluk Lagoon from the Arctic Ocean near Point Lay. This lagoon is home to beluga whales, bowhead whales and seals.

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Dinosaur Ridge near Sabine Pass on Alaska’s north slope.

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A shed antler marks a caribou trail along the Brooks Range, the mountains that define the North Slope’s southern boundary.

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A light plane flies over the sea ice off the coast of ANWR. In the last few months, offshore oil leases have been completed along the coast in order to get at what drillers hope will be a profitable oil field. Environmentalists warn that an oil spill under arctic ice would have disastrous consequences.

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A dead bowhead whale lies on the beach in Kaktovik. The village is allowed by law to take three whales each fall for the meat and baleen. First the whale is washed with a front-end loader, then butchering begins.

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A dead bowhead whale lies on the beach in Kaktovik. The village is allowed by law to take three whales each fall for the meat and baleen. First the whale is washed with a front-end loader, then butchering begins.

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A lone girl rides the school bus in Point Lay, one of the most remote villages on the Slope. Though the town is only a few blocks long and very few kids use it, government fundingprovides a bus and a driver.

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An unemployed native plays Grand Theft Auto from his condemned home in Point Lay. Unemployment runs extremely high in most villages.

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A dead bowhead whale lies on the beach in Kaktovik. The village is allowed by law to take three whales each fall for the meat and baleen. First the whale is washed with a front-end loader, then butchering begins.

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Whale parts, the remains of a successful hunt, lay around the native village of Kaktovik on Alaska’s North Slope.

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Native hunters with their recently felled caribou near Nuiqsut, Alaska on the North Slope.

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An elder from the village of Barrow butchers a bearded sealon an ice flow near Barrow. Walrus are prized for their meat and tusks.

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Young boys watch their elders compete in a seal skin boat race off the coast of Barrow.

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An elder from the village of Barrow butchers a young walruson an ice flow near Barrow. Walrus are prized for their meat and tusks.

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