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17 February 2017 / Alaska Public Media / Elizabeth Harball

Waiting for winter: ice roads mean the North Slope can get to work

Utqiaġvik, Alaska, United States

Every winter, a massive infrastructure project takes place on the North Slope one thats designed to disappear. Ice roads are built to minimize the oil industrys footprint on the sensitive tundra, and melt away in spring. Many of the oil industrys multi-million dollar projects on the North Slope cant be built until the ice roads are finished each year.

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