Gulf of Alaska
The Navy’s plans threaten an area of the Gulf that couldn’t be more biologically sensitive.
About 30 years ago, then-construction worker Chris Pallister discovered that some of the most remote shorelines in America were also the most polluted. The cause? Currents off the infamous North Pacific Gyre -- the site of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- propel a disproportionate amount of detrius towards Alaska's coasts.
A dozen years after I left my home state and landed in Baghdad to begin life as a journalist and nine years after definitively abandoning Alaska, I find myself back. This time, unfortunately, it's because I seem increasingly incapable of escaping the long and destructive reach of the U.S. military.
Melting Glaciers Mean More Freshwater Flows Into the Gulf of Alaska Than the Output of the Mississippi River
Satellite data has confirmed that the amount of freshwater released into the Gulf of Alaska from streams and rivers in Alaska and northern Canada is about 1.5 times what the Mississippi River dumps into the Gulf of Mexico each year.
While it is important for the Navy to maintain readiness, its proposed war-games in the Gulf of Alaska would be in the wrong place, at the wrong time, and would cause too many impacts to marine mammals.
Over 200 toxic compounds are found in people of the Arctic. For instance, milk of Arctic women has ten times more PCBs and pesticides than milk from women in all the major cities in Canada.