January 1993
Alaska River Guide (9780882404974);1993, p11
The article features the rivers in Alaska. These 365,000 miles of waterways is a rich tapestry of the state, from cascading mountain streams to meandering valley rivers, from the meltwaters of glaciers to broad rivers that empty into the sea. These waterways run deep in the fabric of Alaskan life, providing means of communication, nutrition, and transport for plants, animals, and people. Thousands of years ago, many rivers were used by aboriginal peoples for passage between seacoast and Interior. Foreign fur traders began arriving in the mid-1700s, followed by missionaries, prospectors, and geologists. In 1993, these waterways are far from safe as they face such threats as poor forestry practices, chemical pollution, and petroleum exploration.


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