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  • The way in which dominant waves approach from the northwest has created this elongated spit. East of Taphook Pt., Kookoolitook Lagoon, St Lawrence Island, Alaska.
  • Rising sea levels and melting permafrost on this low tundra coast along the Beaufort Sea are likely to affect this pipeline. Thaw Lake, Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.
  • Melting permafrost and rising sea levels are inundating tundra between Smith Bay and a lake on the Piasuk River Delta. Note the two small flocks of eider chicks at lower right. Beaufort Sea, Alaska.
  • The Brooks Range meets the coast at Cape Lisburne. Thousands of seabirds nest on these cliffs. Cape Dyer, Lisburne Peninsula, Chukchi Sea.
  • A recurved spit jutting out from the shoreline into Eschscholtz Bay in Alaska’s southern Kotzebue Sound.
  • Linear beach ridges near Cape Krusenstern National Monument mark a system that has grown seaward over thousands of years. Kotzebue Sound.
  • Many coastal communities in Alaska are sensitive to storm surge and sea-level rise. This image of Kivalina shows eroding shorelines on this barrier spit.
  • A dramatic sea cliff on Alaska’s Beaufort Sea coast is being undercut by waves. Note the ice wedges in the cliff face where the fracture pattern intersects the shore.
  • The Siberian Yup'ik villages of Gambell and Savoonga on Alaska's 1,791-square-mile St. Lawrence Island have a combined population of more than 1,300.
  • Learn more about Alaska ShoreZone.
A Bird’s Eye View of Alaska’s Coast
Seen from the air, America’s Arctic coastline dazzles the eyes while revealing signs of a changing climate.

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