|Tundra ponds. Because the permafrost (up to 500-600m thick) is frozen and holds a lot of water on the surface.|
|Deadhorse Camp, a.k.a. Home Sweet Home. It's like a single-wide, 2-story trailer on stilts, and one of the first camps constructed here in the 80s.|
|Deadhorse Camp is the area on the left, an X marks our building. The airport stretches out behind it. The small x to the left is where we watched the mama brown bear and her cub eat the caribou carcass while we sat in the truck.|
Deadhorse is basically the 'town' around the airport, several camps, a store and a couple hotels, and a variety of workers, travelers and researchers like us stay here. Prudhoe Bay is the is the area filled with camps dedicated to drilling and housing oil workers.
Prudhoe Bay is a 'company town', and it focuses on oil production, transport and supporting services. It's not set up for tourism, but there is some mostly from travelers driving up the Dalton Hwy in everything from motor cycles to motor homes.
The Field is where the majority of the drilling operations take place and is a highly restricted area. Private vehicles are prohibited, though some camps offer tours of The Field. The only access to the Arctic Ocean is through here by road.
|The Field, the restricted area, and a flowline from one of the drilling sights.|
|Prudhoe Bay drill sight, flowlines and lakes.|
|Prudhoe Bay drill sight off the coast.|
Even oil field workers enjoy a fun-run and free T-shirt, and the aerial crew took advantage of the last 5K event of the season to see a part of the Arctic most Joe Schmoes never see. Surprisingly there was a long list of 5K events in the oil field this summer and we finally made it to the last one.
|Lisa Barry, Vicki Beaver & Luciana Santos|