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Winter's End

Just off the coast of Anchorage lies Fire Island. This three-mile long island is separated from the mainland by a shallow channel, which at low tide
is nearly free of water. Throughout the winter, large ice floes form in Cook Inlet and surge back and forth with the shifting tides. This view in early May
captures the greatly diminished ice floes just days before they all disappeared. A clear spring sky lends a beautiful blue hue to the otherwise murky
water of Cook Inlet.

Unfortunately, this is a scene that may not exist for much longer, as a consortium of three power companies is currently
planning on erecting 33 wind turbines on the island. These turbines will have blades with a diameter of 295 feet and will
rise 413 feet above the ground. You can imagine the visual impact that the equivalent of thirty-three 40-story buildings
will have on the aesthetic qualities of Cook Inlet, Turnagain Arm, Mt. Susitna, the Alaska Range, and the greater
Anchorage area.

Photo Number: 6722-26
Image Size: 60" x 12.5"

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