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The Alaska Pipeline
Alaska Flyover Video

In 1968, oil corporations discovered the largest oil field in North America in Alaska's remote Prudhoe Bay. Environmental groups believed the pipeline slated to transport that oil 800 miles south to the port of Valdez would pose an unacceptable threat to the state's majestic wilderness. Their successful lobbying efforts, along with concerns voiced by geologists and other scientists, led engineers to add safety features to the pipeline's design.

In a state with relatively few roads, flying is a common way of getting around. View these video flyovers of different stretches of Alaska's unique landscape -- some with the pipeline and some without the pipeline. Note: there is no audio with this footage.

With the Pipeline (3:21)
Screen aerial footage of Alaska with the pipeline.

Without the Pipeline (5:13)
Screen aerial footage of Alaska without the pipeline.

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