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G LACIER B AY N ATIONAL P ARK BY Ligia Halvorsen Prof. Lieberman EBS 016-017 24 June, 2010
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National Parks are available to people, bringing opportunities to explore nature first hand. Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska has so much to offer, from the majestic animals to the great walls of ice, spectacular views that are sure to live people breathless. Experiencing the variety of arctic sea animals, such as the Beluga whales, the sea lions and others, are unique. Nature and development are not necessarily going hand on hand, in order to have such unforgettable encounter, with so much precious nature, ships have to be use, but what comes with these vessels, is a problem. Balance, as much as possible is inescapable. The marine life is essential for Native Americans survival. The towers of ice are not only ancient, but they are also indispensable to serve as barricades. Sea storms can be extremely dangerous, the winds of a storm in this area, can easily wipe out an entire town. The oil industry has brought prosperity to the region, but at what expense? The imports that take place in such a zone, has left its mark. The result of the imbalance procedures, has affected the earth's temperatures, including the oceans, and its influences are devastating, this is commonly known as the Greenhouse effect. (US Fed News, Lynas, Targeted News) Some Natives such as Mayor George Ahmaogak whose opinion is that, “well-mining Americans that are against costal development, would deny their only opportunity of jobs and the comfortable way of living, for their first time in history” (Lynas 5). Alaskan businessmen or politicians, also known as Arctic Power campaigns are in favor of the Arctic National Wild Life Refuge. Another Native American that agrees with the drilling and the progress that brings is Jack Kayatuk, whose comments were. “I agree on the oil drills even at the Arctic National Wild life refuge too.” 2
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Halvorsen 3 The prosperity of Alaska has paid a very high price. Alaska transports one million barrels a day. Alaska’s oil industry has contributed to the rapid global climate change, which the world has experienced in recent years (1). According to one of the many Alaskan residents says that, the climate has changed so much that, “is no longer cold, as it would be in the past, it rapidly the temperature rises” (1). An example of the effect on the animal kingdom is that, through “all winter, even in January docks can be seen swimming in rivers. January is not a month for these animals to still be around. Ducks are suppose to have migrated south, by this time” (2). Also, bears roam the area finishing the hibernation sooner, there is confusion, their notion of the time don’t allowed them to distinguished between coming out of it, or to go in to it (2). Uncertainty is one of the many problems that National Parks are facing.
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