Thursday, February 02, 2006


The population in Kaktovik is around 280. About 90% is Inupiat/Eskimo, and 10% other. The size of Kaktovik is 3 sq. miles. Kaktovik is located on the Northern part of Alaska, in the Beaufort Sea. We live on the northeastern part of Barter Island. We are 60 miles from Canada, and 200 miles north from the Arctic Circle. The weather we get here changes a lot, some days it could be hot and the next day it could be cold. Our winter can last as long as nine months, with temperature as low as 50 below zero F. In the summer it is not uncommon for temperature to remain below 45 degrees F. From November to February the sun doesn't rise. During the summer the sun stays up for 24 hours. The extraordinary sunsets we get in Kaktovik lasts all day. In Kaktovik we have a beautiful view of the Brooks Range mountains (the farthest north mountains). During the winter you can see the northern lights (Aurora Borealis) any time of the day. From late September to July there's snow on the ground. Because of the permafrost we don't have any plants with deep roots and trees. Because of the climate change the permafrost melts and the tundra falls apart.

4 Comments:

At 11:58 AM, Blogger sissa2010 said...

kaktovik sounds a lot different from where i live in emmonak. what kind of vehicle do you guys use to get around?

 
At 12:08 PM, Blogger marilyn say's said...

kaktovik sounds really different from where i live Emmonak but that sounds really cool what you guys do.

 
At 12:17 PM, Blogger Clarence said...

where do you guys hang out?we hang out at pool hall.do you guys live by the ocean?do you guys have hills?well later ahh.

 
At 10:05 AM, Blogger Harold Kaveolook 5th-6th Grade Students said...

Dear Sissa2010 - We have the same vehicles that everywhere else does = but, we use snowmachines and 4-wheelers all the time.
Dear Clarence - We hang out at the playground and walk around the town for entertainment. When it is nice we hang out at the beach and look for ancient artifacts on the beach - occasionally find arrows from many years ago! On the island we don't have any hills - it is very flat (tundra) but we go to the mountains (30 miles away)- we camp, hunt, fish, sled, and have fun in the mountains. To get to the mountains we take snowmobiles and pull large wooden sleds with all our supplies!

 

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