14 Dec '11, 5pm

Rediscovering the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Rediscovering the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The Coastal Plain's soupy fog felt a long way from the sunny shores of Last Lake. As Andy cooked spaghetti over a small fire, I watched five caribou grazing. We were camped at Area 1002's boundary line, a 1.5 million-acre region on ANWR's Coastal Plain that was established in 1980 through the Alaskan National Interest Land Conservation Act. Not only is Area 1002 one of the calving grounds of the Porcupine caribou herd, which Gwich'in and Inupiat natives rely on for subsistence, it is also home to an estimated 10.4 billion barrels of oil, which could be accessed by an act of Congress. As a result, Area 1002 has become ground zero for the Arctic drilling debate.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/rediscov...

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