Lakes on the Flatlands of Alaska’s Northern Coast, USA70.5N 153.6W
The northern coastal region of Alaska, along the shores of the Arctic Ocean, is home to many lakes. In this ASAR image, they appear as large black holes in the surrounding landscape.
Alaska has more than three million lakes. Marshlands and wetland permafrost cover 188,320 square miles (487,747 km2). These are mostly found in northern, western and southwest flatlands, such as those visible here along the northern shores.
Here, Smith Bay can be seen in the upper left corner. To its right is another bay, the less indented Avatanak Bight. The two largest lakes just south of the bight are Naluakruk Lake (more rounded, left) and Okalik Lake (right).
Southwest of those two is actually another larger body of water, the 22 mile wide Teshekpuk Lake. However, it is difficult to identify here as much of its water appears grey rather than black.