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  • Geography


The 1270 m long Transalaska oil pipeline connects the Arctic coast to the west coast of Alaska. Every day, 1.7 million barrels of crude fuel oil are sent from Prudhoe Bay on the north coast of Alaska to the port of Valdez 800 miles further south. In the port, which is not icebound and therefore open all year round, the fuel oil is transferred to oil tankers and sent still further south to the west coast of the United States. In 1974 the cost of building this pipeline was between 8 and 9 billion US dollars; it would be even higher today.


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