Prince William Sound


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Prince William Sound,

large, irregular, islanded inlet of the Gulf of Alaska, S Alaska, E of the Kenai peninsula. It has many bays and good harbors; the large Columbia Glacier flows into Columbia Bay, in the N central portion. Shipping is focused at the port of ValdezValdez
, city (1990 pop. 4,068), Valdez-Chitina-Whittier census div., S Alaska, at the head of Valdez Arm inside Prince William Sound; inc. 1901. It has tourist and fishing industries, as well as salmon spawning grounds.
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, which is the southern terminus of the trans-Alaskan pipeline linked to Prudhoe BayPrudhoe Bay,
inlet of the Beaufort Sea and Arctic Ocean, N Alaska, in the Alaska North Slope region, east of the Colville River delta. In 1968 one of the largest oil reserves in North America was discovered in Prudhoe Bay.
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. Access to the interior of the sound is by highway and railroad. Fishing, forestry, and some mining are prevalent activities in the area. Valdez and Cordova are the largest towns on the sound. On Mar. 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez hit a reef nearby and spilled 11 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound. Clean-up efforts ensued; however, much of the region's wildlife was killed or endangered in subsequent weeks as a result of the environmental disaster.
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Smith, Alaska regional director for the Wilderness Society, says the real issues are still not being addressed, and getting industry to respond is "like pushing a wet noodle uphill." For instance, he says, there are still no double-hulled oil tankers operating in Prince William Sound, even though a transition to them is called for by the Oil Provision Act of 1990 as a precaution against future spills.
Exxon scientists say their data indicate that widespread oil contamination has plagued Prince William Sound for more than a century.
Beyond her film production, Young is a maritime artist with an exhibit on display currently at the Valdez Museum entitled "The History of Fishing in Prince William Sound." She is also author of the book "The Lost Art of Alaska Fishing."
Prince William Sound's largest city is Valdez, which is located at the southern terminus of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.
Pam Tuomi of College Village Animal Clinic in Anchorage is one of many veterinarians who have difficulty attributing the mysterious die-off of unoiled otters in eastern Prince William Sound to the herpesvirus.
The third generation fisherman wanted to be up ahead of the rest of the fleet to harvest spring herring in Prince William Sound, one of earth's most pristine ecosystems.
Prince William Sound, Alaska, was polluted with oil from the Exxon Valdez impossipuzzles Susan had collected all the money from the shattered jar.
Surrounding western Prince William Sound, Traynor traveled with park rangers deep into the wilderness to shoot landscape and wildlife photographs in the rugged and vast wilderness of coastal rain forests, scenic lakes, and the towering peaks of the Chugach Mountains.
In the Pollution Act of 1990, Prince William Sound has its own designation with specific requirements and regulations that go above and beyond other state and federal regulations.
1989: The Exxon Valdez tanker ran aground on a reef in Prince William Sound off the Alaskan coast and released 11 million gallons of crude oil into the sea.
1989 - In Prince William Sound, Alaska, the Exxon Valdez, above, spills 240,000 barrels of crude oil after running aground.
"A Wild Promise: Prince William Sound" is comprised of informative, eloquent essays covering the natural and cultural history people, and fragility of the region as personal explored and experienced by Debbie S.

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