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Mt Spurr over Chuitna River

The frozen Chuitna River winds between sedimentary bluffs near the proposed site of the Chuitna Coal Mine, while volcanic Mt. Spurr towers in the distance. It must have taken us an hour to get from the frozen Chuitna River to the top of these bluffs, carefully switchbacking in skinless skis, then wading through a drift of chest-deep snow near the bluffs' upper edge. A major salmon river on the western side of Cook Inlet, the Chuitna River is at risk from a proposal to build a large coal mine just upstream on several of its tributaries. While the lowlands around the river are being explored for coal development, Mt Spurr has the potential to provide geothermal power.

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By Bretwood HigmanErin McKittrickGround Truth Trekking

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