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Kuskokwim River Crossing Alaska, USA – January 25th, 2010

61.8N 158.1W

January 25th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

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The Kuskokwim River or Kusko River is an approximately 724 mile (1,165 km) long river in southwest Alaska. It is the ninth largest river in the United States of America, ranked by average discharge volume at its mouth; seventeenth largest by basin drainage area.

The river provides the principal drainage for an area of the remote Alaska Interior on the north and west side of the Alaska Range, flowing southwest into Kuskokwim Bay on the Bering Sea. Except for its headwaters in the mountains, the river is broad and flat for its entire course, making it a useful transportation route for many types of watercraft.

In this orthorectified image it can be seen in a more mountainous area, flowing past two buttes (center and left edge) that reach elevations of over 3000 feet.

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