Alaska's Arctic Refuge: On the minds of many

There are other glorious wilderness areas in America but none quite as magnificent, as controversial or as far north as this one

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Commonly known as ANWR or simply "the Arctic," the refuge is only slightly smaller than the state of Maine. It is a brawny land full of mountains, tundra, rivers and wildlife, including grizzlies and musk oxen. It was saved by a handful of hardy conservationists who were determined to preserve it intact; it has been necessary to defend it ever since against developers' continuing efforts to get in. The author went there to discover for himself what's at stake.

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