11 Facts About Arctic Refuge


Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a national wildlife refuge in northeastern Alaska, United States on Gwich'in land.

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Arctic Refuge is part of the traditional homelands of many bands or tribes of the Gwich'in people.

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The Arctic Refuge is relatively covered by water, much of it is frozen.

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The Arctic Refuge area is mainly known for sea ice surrounding the region.

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Southern portion of the Arctic Refuge is within the Interior Alaska-Yukon lowland taiga ecoregion.

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The Arctic Refuge was found to have an immense amount of oil and natural gas deposits.

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In September 2007, the concentration of sea ice in the Arctic Refuge Ocean was significantly less than ever previously recorded.

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The Arctic Refuge gradually loses snow and ice, bare rock and water absorb more and more of the sun's energy, making the Arctic Refuge even warmer.

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Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the only refuge that regularly dens polar bears in that local region, and contains the most consistent number of polar bears in the area.

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Marine mammals in the Arctic Refuge are experiencing severe impacts, including effects on migration, from disturbances such as noises from industrial activity, offshore seismic oil exploration, and well drilling.

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People who live in this Arctic Refuge have become accustomed over thousands of years to both survive and prosper in these harsh conditions.

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