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Three Books on Bettles

This week our “Three Books on …” series takes us to Bettles. Here is a description of Bettle’s location and climate from the Alaska Communities Database:

Bettles is located about 180 air miles and 250 road miles northwest of Fairbanks, adjacent to Evansville. It lies just north of the Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge. Bettles is located on the S.E. bank of the Koyukuk River. The community lies at approximately 66.917880° North Latitude and -151.515130° West Longitude. (Sec. 16, T024N, R019W, Fairbanks Meridian.) Bettles is located in the Fairbanks Recording District. The area encompasses 1.6 sq. miles of land and 0.0 sq. miles of water. The area experiences a cold, continental climate with extreme temperature differences. The average high temperature during July is 70 °F. The average low temperature during January is well below 0 °F. Extended periods of -40 °F are common. The highest temperature ever recorded was 93 °F, and the lowest was -82 °F. Average annual precipitation is 13.4 inches, and average annual snowfall is 77 inches.

Looking through WorldCat, we find these three books with Bettles as a subject, among others:

Kojima, Mie. 2000. Japanese winter tourism in rural Alaska: Bettles Lodge. Thesis (M.A.)–University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2000.

Wiltse, M. A. 1990. National Uranium Resource Evaluation geochemical data for stream- and lake-sediment samples in the Bettles quadrangle, Alaska. Fairbanks: Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys. Read this book online.

Kaye, Roger W. 1978. Bettles/Evansville headquarters inventory. Anchorage, Alaska: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Resource Planning Staff.

Join us next week as our trek through WorldCat takes us to Big Delta.

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