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Spectacled Eider female (Somateria fischeri), Prudhoe Bay, Alaska

Spectacled Eider female (Somateria fischeri), Prudhoe Bay, Alaska

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Uploaded 02 Dec 2012 by Peter Prokosch
Year: 2012 Taken by: Peter Prokosch
The tundra of North Slopes has a rich biodiversity with some of the highest densities of Arctic birds breeding here. The biodiversity is affected by the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field, which is the largest oil field in North America, covering 86,418 ha and originally containing approximately 25 billion barrels (4.0×109 m3) of oil. The amount of recoverable oil in the field is more than double that of the next largest field in the United States, the East Texas oil field. The oil itself lies in porous ...
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