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Alaska: Polar bear tourism booms on the North Slope

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October 12, 2009 06:39AM
Polar bear tourism booms on Alaska's North Slope

By Glenn Burnsilver, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
KAKTOVIK, Alaska — With its passengers bundled against the arctic wind blowing off the Beaufort Sea, the small boat speeds smoothly across the lagoon. We pass the "bone pile" — the place where the unused remains of Native-caught bowhead whales are left — as we arc around a sandy point and into the adjacent lagoon. With temperatures in the 30s and a light wind blowing, we've just left the Inupiaq village of Kaktovik. Our destination is Bernard Spit, just off Barter Island.....

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/12/2009 07:27AM by Frank Furter.
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