Arctic Alaska is a Different Kind of Place

What makes Arctic Alaska different from the rest of the state? Well, aside from the perpetual sun on the summer solstice and the boundary of the Arctic Circle, Ned Rozell of the UAF Geophysical Institute explores what defines Arctic Alaska.












(Photo by Ned Rozell)

"Slicing through the top quarter of the Alaska map, the Arctic Circle marks the boundary of perpetual light. North of the line, the sun won't set on summer solstice.

"But somehow the breezy, treeless tundra of Barrow has a more arctic feel than Fort Yukon, also poleward of the line but home to dense spruce forests and Alaska's all-time high temperature of 100 degrees."

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