Location map of Alaska and the continental United States, and
surrounding countries and water bodies. Bathymetry, geo-political boundaries,
capitals, and select Alaskan cities are shown.
Location map of Alaska and U.S. Arctic waters, focused on the Bering
Strait, Chukchi Sea, and Beaufort Sea. Geo-political boundaries, principal
coastal communities, cities, and bathymetry are also shown.
gas planning areas in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. Oil and gas lease areas
are shown in orange, with seismic survey areas shown in gray. Selected oil and
gas wells, some in Alaskan state waters and some in federal waters, are shown
as purple dots. Some coastal communities and cities are also shown.
routes, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) spill response
equipment depots, and villages and towns with the capacity to land passenger
jets in Alaska.
Distribution of walrus, sea lions, and
polar bears in U.S. Arctic waters. Data from Arctic ERMA, attributed to Audubon
Alaska (Pacific walrus), NOAA (Stellar sea lion), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service (Polar bear).
Distribution of whales in U.S. Arctic waters.
Data from Arctic ERMA, attributed to Audubon Alaska (gray and beluga whales)
and NOAA (bowhead whales).
Distribution of select fish species in
U.S. Arctic waters. Select locations discussed in the text are also shown on
the map. Data from Arctic ERMA, attributed to Audubon Alaska.
Distribution of select bird species found
in the U.S. Arctic. Spectacled Eider are listed as threatened under the
Endangered Species Act. Data from Arctic ERMA, attributed to Audubon Alaska
(Common Eider and Yellow-billed Loon) and NOAA (Spectacled Eider, American and