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A Land of SUPERLATIVES, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.....
- Is the Nation's largest National Wildlife Refuge. At 19.6 million acres, it is approximately the size of South Carolina!
- Is the Nation's farthest north National Wildlife Refuge.
- Includes five distinct ecotones: coast, tundra, mountains, taiga, and boreal forest.
Includes the four highest peaks and most of the glaciers in the Brooks Range.
Features 18 major rivers, three of which (Sheenjek, Ivishak, and Wind) are designated as Wild and Scenic.
Includes North America's two largest and most northerly alpine lakes: Lake Peters and Lake Schrader.
Supports the greatest variety of plant and animal life in any conservation area in the circumpolar north.
Is home to over 200 species of birds, 37 species of land mammals, 25 species of fish, and 8 marine mammals along its coast.
Contains more that 300 archaeological sites.
Borders two Canadian National Parks: Ivvavik and Vuntut.
Has two designated Research Natural Areas.
Hosts no known introduced species.