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Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Yukon River Basin, Alaska (USA)

  • Frederic A. Reid
  • Daniel Fehringer
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Abstract

The combined Delta of the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers of Western Alaska create the largest expanse of wetlands on North America’s west coast. The dendritic streams and rivers mingle with a myriad of lakes and wetlands and create a lush 11 million ha delta in the poorly drained coastal plain. The intertidal mudflats of the delta cover more than 311,000 ha. The diversity and biomass of breeding waterfowl, shorebirds, and other waterbirds is among the highest in the world.

Keywords

Yukon river Kuskokwim river Wetlands Coastal plain Western alaska Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Shorebirds Salmon 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ducks Unlimited, Inc.Rancho CordovaUSA

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