Wild Lands

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The Arctic Refuge contains remote, complete, and undisturbed lands across five different ecological regions: lagoons, beaches and saltmarshes of coastal marine areas; coastal plain tundra; alpine tundra of the Brooks Range; the forest-tundra transition south of the mountains; and tall spruce, birch, and aspen of the boreal forest.


Compare the Refuge to other areas: Ecological regions of northern Alaska.

Discover some of the frozen ground features of the arctic.

See how ice wedges and other permafrost features are created.

Unearth the mysteries of the active layer.

Expand your vocabulary with the frozen ground glossary.

Learn what Water and Water Rights mean to the Refuge.

Explore seismic trails on the Arctic Refuge coastal plain.