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Bristol Bay and Ahklun Mountains, Alaska, USA

57.9N 160.6W

March 6th, 2012 Category: Mountains

USA - January 3rd, 2012

This wide-swath ASAR image shows Bristol Bay, the eastern-most arm of the Bering Sea, in Southwest Alaska, USA. Bristol Bay is 400 km (250 mi) long and 290 km, (180 mi) wide at its mouth. A number of rivers flow into the bay, including the Cinder, Egegik, Igushik, Kvichak, Meshik, Nushagak, Naknek, Togiak, and Ugashik. Here, a layer of ice, appearing light grey, can be seen over some of the waters.

Visible north of the bay are the Ahklun Mountains, in the northeast section of the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Alaska. They support the only existing glaciers in western Alaska, and are the highest Alaskan mountain range west of the Alaska Range and north of the Alaska Peninsula. To the west of the range is the Kuskokwim River and to the east is the Bristol Bay lowlands.

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