Navigating rivers from the air. Tundra becomes forest at the river's edge first. Photo © Lisa Alexia, Denali Sunrise Publications

Alaska’s vast land holds waterways still warming up from the last ice age. Tundra becomes forest near the rivers first. This process is now accelerating. Yes, the Arctic is warming, rapidly. To an outsider, it’s simply beautiful. But seeing, from the air, how to navigate along the river, how the land responds to the warming climate, yields a richness of stories the land tells. Deeper understanding comes with growing up here, or with years of living in rural Alaska, learning to read the river, tundra, forest, hills, mountains and weather. Photo taken near Bethel, Alaska.

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