Encyclopedia Of World Geography by R. W. Mccoll

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In 1968, an arctic oil field was found at Prudhoe Bay, and three years later, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was negotiated, which set up the creation of the trans-Alaska pipeline. S. 5 million to the indigenous people. In return, the native Alaskans forfeited their rights to make aboriginal land claims. Thirteen regional and A glacier in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, where oil transport continues to endanger the natural habitat. 12 Albania around 200 village corporations have thus invested in oil drilling and other Alaskan industries.

Their total area is 6,821 square mi (17,666 square km) and the total population is approximately 12,050. Geologically, the islands comprise limited sedimentary and metamorphic rocks but are mainly volcanic in origin and are located at the junction between the Pacific and North American tectonic plates. They are characterized by volcanic peaks representing a continuation of the Aleutian range of mainland Alaska. Some volcanic peaks remain active, including Makushin on Unalaska and Shishaldin on Unimak, which are the largest islands in the Fox group.

In pointing to these independent developments, though, it is important to remember that the archaeological evidence is sparse, scattered, and often hit-and-miss. Im- portant sites bearing new data may have been destroyed over the years or have not been discovered. Agriculture changed the landscape, wherever it was implemented. Fields, plowed and uprooted of their native, variegated plant species and forced to grow only one particular plant, became depleted of some nutrients and inhospitable to certain animals and insects that lived there in the past.

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