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Colville River Flowing Down from Brooks Range, in Alaska, USA

68.0N 153W

January 29th, 2010 Category: Rivers

USA - December 19th, 2009

USA - December 19th, 2009

The Brooks Range is a mountain range that stretches from west to east across northern Alaska, USA, and into Canada’s Yukon Territory. The total length of the range is about 1100 km (700 mi), although only a section in Alaska is visible in this orthorectified image.

The mountains top out at over 2,700 m (9,000 ft). Mount Chamberlin, 9020 ft (2,749 m), is the highest peak in the range. Other notable peaks include Mount Isto, 8,975 ft (2,736 m) and Mount Michelson, 8,855 ft (2,699 m). The range is believed to be approximately 126 million years old.

Upon opening the full image, several rivers can be seen flowing down from the mountains, including the Colville River. It rises in an isolated area of the DeLong Mountains, at the western end of the Brooks Range, north of the continental divide in the southwestern corner of the National Petroleum Reserve.

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