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Brooks Range | Alaska, U.S.A.

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United States
68° 1' 0.4584" N, 149° 44' 37.1472" W
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Brooks Range

Sukakpak Mountain - Photo: Adam Elliott

The Brooks Range is a mountain range in far northern North America. It stretches from west to east across northern Alaska and into Canada's Yukon Territory, a total distance of about 700 mi (1120 km). The mountains top out at over 8856 ft (2,700 m). The range is believed to be approximately 126 million years old. In the USA, these mountains are considered part of (or an extension of) the Rockies, whereas in Canada they are considered separate, the northern border of the Rockies regarded as the Liard River far to the south in the province of British Columbia.

 

The range is mostly uninhabited, but the Dalton Highway and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System run through the Atigun Pass 4,641 ft (1,415 m) on their way to the North Slope and the oil fields at Prudhoe Bay. The Alaska Native villages of Anaktuvuk and Arctic Village, as well as the very small communities of Coldfoot, Wiseman, Bettles, and Chandalar Lake are the only settlements in the 700 mi (1120 km) Brooks Range. In the far west, near the Wulik River in the De Long Mountains is the Red Dog mine, largest zinc mine in the world.

More infos: Wikipedia
 

Brooks Range

Boreal Mountain - Photo: kenrhill

Brooks Range

Thunder Valley - Photo: Doug Adams

Brooks Range

Dalton Highway - Photo: Ground Truth Trekking

Brooks Range

Atigun Pass - Photo: Padma

SUBMITTED ON 05.31.2013.