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Trooper Connors views the water level in Emmonauk, Alaska.

Trooper Connors views the water level in Emmonauk, Alaska. (View larger version)

Photograph by Abby Lautt / PSG Films

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  • A common cause of flooding in Alaska is the breakup from ice jams.

  • The timing and severity of ice jam breakup is regulated by the weather and climate: weather patterns control the breakup process, and climate variability influences each element of breakup.

  • The village of Emmonak, Alaska was originally called “Kwiguk,” a Yup'ik word that means “big stream.” Nearly all of Emmonak’s almost 800 residents are American Indian or Alaska Native.

  • More people each year in Alaska are injured by moose than by bears.

  • Frost often creates large cracks in Alaska’s pavements, making motorcycle use extremely dangerous.

  • Kotzebue sits on the Baldwin Peninsula in Kotzebue Sound. It is 26 miles above the Arctic Circle.

  • In Kotzebue, the average low temperature during January is -12 degrees, and the average high during July is just 58.

  • Most travel to and from Kotzebue is done by air. There are generally daily flights to Anchorage and the region’s villages.

  • Yup'ik Eskimos established Bethel. Because of the nearby fish smokehouse, residents called the village “Mumtrekhlogamute,” which means “Smokehouse People.”

  • Residents in Napakiak, Alaska are mainly Yup'ik Eskimos who follow a fishing and subsistence lifestyle. Subsistence foods like fish, various waterfowl, moose, bear, and seals provide about half of the local diet.

  • Napakiak, Alaska has a population of 359.


  • The weather in Napakiak is influenced by storms in the Bering Sea. The community gets an average of 50 inches of snow each year.

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