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Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: The Final Refuge
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Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: The Final Refuge

Covering 19 million pristine acres in Alaska, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) preserves many species of plants and animals. However, it’s also targeted for oil drilling.

Read an explorer's account of his experience in the refuge and learn more about the oil-drilling debate.

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Alaska’s North Slope

Alaska’s North Slope

Explore a map of Alaska’s North Slope, location of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. See where wildlife lives in this highly debated area. More...

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National Geographic
ANWR Grizzly Attacks: They Did Everything Right

ANWR Grizzly Attacks: They Did Everything Right

Since the creation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in 1960, few human visitors have had fatal encounters with grizzly bears. But that may be changing. Investigate some contributing factors. More...

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National Geographic
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Active Layer

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Active Layer

It’s so cold in the Arctic that the soil beneath the surface remains frozen year-round. Under the summer sun, though, the top few inches thaw. It's in this active layer that plants take root and insects burrow. Watch the never-ending thawing and freezing cycle. More...

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
On the Edge of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

On the Edge of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Join ecologist John Whiteman in Kaktovik, a very small, remote town on the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He describes an up-close experience with a polar bear. More...

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Exploratorium
Protecting the Caribou Calving Grounds

Protecting the Caribou Calving Grounds

Residents of a tiny village 80 miles north of the Arctic Circle have hunted caribou, but oil drilling threatens the calving grounds. Watch one man explain the importance of preserving this area. More...

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American Documentary, Inc./PBS
The ANWR Drilling Debate

The ANWR Drilling Debate

To drill or not to drill for oil and gas in the ANWR: The long-running passionate debate continues today. Discover both sides of the argument, presented by opposing U.S. Senators in 2005. More...

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PBS NewsHour
The Arctic Refuge Turns 50

The Arctic Refuge Turns 50

The nation's first attempt to protect a complete ecosystem, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010. Half a century later, ANWR faces new challenges. More...

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National Wildlife Federation
The War Over Alaska’ s Arctic Refuge

The War Over Alaska’ s Arctic Refuge

Take a look at one photographer's pictures of the exceptional landscape of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which stands in danger of being destroyed. More...

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National Geographic

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