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A Tundra helicopter slings equipment during a camp pull-out from Black Rapids Glacier.
Toolik Field Station, home of the Arctic LTER and many research projects.
Council is located on the Seward Peninsula, 76 miles northeast of Nome.
Coldfoot, a rest/fuel stop along the Dalton Highway, got its name from stampeders that got 260 miles up the Koyukuk, then got cold feet and turned around.
Loading camp fuel into the Ultima Thule Twin Otter at the Black Rapids Airstrip.
A Tundra helicopter picking up a sling load at the Black Rapids Roadhouse.
Helicopter picks up researchers and their gear after a day of field work on the North Slope.
The Black Rapids Roadhouse and airstrip, along the Richardson Highway south of Circle.
Helicopter transport in the Brooks Range.
Council research site. Photo: Jason Beringer
Brown bear walking along pipeline with Prudhoe in the distance.
The Navy Arctic Research Laboratory in winter. Photo: Faustine Bernadac.
The Barrow Arctic Research Center opened in 2007. Photo: Faustine Bernadac.
Repellent and specialized clothing help protect researchers against Alaska’s voracious hordes of mosquitoes.
Establishing a tent camp with gear from the Alaska inventory. Photo: Mark Luttrell
The site of many large research efforts including the Arctic LTER, The University of Alaska’s Toolik Field Station located along the Dalton Highway, 254.3Km above the Arctic Circle. Photo: Dana Moudra-Truffer
An ice-core-drilling camp high on Mt Hunter in Denali National Park and Preserve. Photo: Mike Waszkiewicz
Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Photo: US Fish & Wildlife Service
Field gear is allocated for the specific needs of each field party. Photo: Matt Irinaga
The ingenious design of the ‘solar chalet’ harvests maximum solar energy during Alaska’s summer months. Photo: Tracy Dahl
NARL, Barrow, Alaska. Photo: Faustine Bernadac
Arriving in southern Alaska. A helicopter arrives at a field site in Southern Alaska. Photo: Seth Beaudreau
CPS-installed boardwalk protects fragile tundra around Toolik Field Station.
Installing infrastructure for water distribution at Toolik Field Station. Photo: Jason Neely
Building wall panels. Photo: Trace Wright
Toolik Field Station staff. Photo: Jason Neely
A custom-built solar array eliminates generator use at a field camp in an environmentally sensitive area of Alaska. Photo: Mark Luttrell / c 2013, Smithsonian Institution
Dr. Aron Crowell boats to a field site. Photo: Mark Luttrell / c 2013, Smithsonian Institution
Helicopter support at Toolik Field Station. Photo: Dana Moudra-Truffer
The Antonie, a fishing boat. Photo: Jim Dixon
Researchers sample lake sediment in souther Alaska. Photo: Jason Briner
A data communications system powered by solar and wind energy. Photo: Clay Ross
Alaska science project manager Dana Moudra-Truffer.
Matt Irinaga, left, prepares a research team for a boat-assisted put-in to a field site. Photo: Mark Luttrell / c 2013 Smithsonian Institution
An inflatable boat awaits use at a field camp on Disenchantment Bay, Alaska. Photo: Mark Luttrell / c. 2013, Smithsonian Institution
Barrow, northernmost point in the US, is 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle and 1250 miles south of the North Pole. Photo: Diana Garcia-Lavigne