Sparkling water ponds look from space like golden leaves and they are indeed visible indicators of the richness that characterises the North Slope of Alaska.
Touching the Beaufort Sea – that contains significant resources of petroleum and natural gas under its shelf – the coastal plain includes the huge National Petroleum Reserve Alaska. At close distance there’s the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the biggest and the wildest land publicly owned by the United States, home to a large variety of species of plants and animals, such as polar bears, caribou, wolves, eagles, and migratory birds.
Even more value is hidden underground: it’s the permafrost that characterises these latitudes, intertwined with climate change in a scary thawing – release of methane – increased global warming rate feedback loop.
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