Oliktok Point, Beaufort Sea

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Oliktok Point is the eastern point of entrance to Harrison Bay, on the Beaufort Sea, about 16 miles (26 km) west of Beechey Point, on the Arctic Plain, Alaska. The Inupiat name was first reported by Lieutenant W.J.S. Pullen, of the Royal Navy, as "Olikto," meaning "it shakes or trembles".

A system of radar stations along the north coast of Alaska and Canada provide surveillance for air defense. The North Warning System is a joint United States and Canadian early-warning radar network for the atmospheric air defense of North America. It provides surveillance of airspace from potential incursions or attacks from across North America's polar region. It replaced the Distant Early Warning Line system in the late 1980s. There are now 11 stations in Canada and 4 in Alaska such as this one at Oliktok Point.

The Distant Early Warning site at Oliktok Point was built in 1957 and was operated by civilian contract workers. The radar station was upgraded in 1990 and re-designated as part of the North Warning System with long-range surveillance radar. In 1998 Pacific Air Forces initiated "Operation Clean Sweep", in which abandoned Cold War stations in Alaska were remediated and the land restored to its previous state. The Oliktok site remains active and is manned by civilian contractors for periodic maintenance, and accessed by road from Deadhorse. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore Oliktok Point.

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