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A parasitic jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus) dive bombs to protect its nest on the wide-open tundra near Barrow, Alaska.

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A parasitic jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus) dive bombs to protect its nest on the wide-open tundra near Barrow, Alaska.

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A parasitic jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus) dive bombs to protect its nest on the wide-open tundra near Barrow, Alaska.

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A parasitic jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus) dive bombs to protect its nest on the wide-open tundra near Barrow, Alaska.

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A parasitic jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus) dive bombs to protect its nest on the wide-open tundra near Barrow, Alaska.

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A parasitic jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus) dive bombs to protect its nest on the wide-open tundra near Barrow, Alaska.

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A parasitic jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus) dive bombs to protect its nest on the wide-open tundra near Barrow, Alaska.

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Cotton grass blows in the wind in Alaska’s North Slope.

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Black brant (Branta bernicla nigricans) shown from above at Teshekpuk Lake, Alaska.

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White-fronted geese under go capture and leg banding by biologists on the western part of the Slope near Teshukpuk Lake. The on going study has surveyed the population, age and health of several goose species for decades in hope of better managing the flocks.

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White-fronted geese under go capture and leg banding by biologists on the western part of the Slope near Teshukpuk Lake. The on going study has surveyed the population, age and health of several goose species for decades in hope of better managing the flocks.

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White-fronted geese under go capture and leg banding by biologists on the western part of the Slope near Teshukpuk Lake. The on going study has surveyed the population, age and health of several goose species for decades in hope of better managing the flocks.

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Scientists from the Toolik Research Station examine a thermokarst on Alaska’s North Slope. A thermokarst is a place where the permafrost has melted away, causing severe erosion.

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A parasitic jaeger silhouetted against a gray sky on Alaska’s North Slope.

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A red phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius) checks his nest on the tundra near Barrow, Alaska.

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Scientists from the Toolik Research Station examine a thermokarst on Alaska’s North Slope. A thermokarst is a place where the permafrost has melted away, causing severe erosion.

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Scientists from the Toolik Research Station examine a thermokarst on Alaska’s North Slope. A thermokarst is a place where the permafrost has melted away, causing severe erosion.

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Scientists from the Toolik Research Station examine a thermokarst on Alaska’s North Slope. A thermokarst is a place where the permafrost has melted away, causing severe erosion.

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Scientists from the Toolik Research Station examine a thermokarst on Alaska’s North Slope. A thermokarst is a place where the permafrost has melted away, causing severe erosion.

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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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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 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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