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West-central Alaska includes a broad area that stretches from the Bering and Chukchi seacoasts on the west to the upper Yukon-Tanana Rivers region on the east, and from the Brooks Range on the north to the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta on the south. It covers 275,000 km2, nearly one-fifth of the entire state—and all or parts of 29 1:250,000 scale quadrangles (Fig. 1).

Rolling hills with summit altitudes between 300 and 1,000 m and isolated mountain ranges that rise to a maximum altitude of 1,500 m characterize the area (Wahrhaftig, this volume). The uplands are separated by broad alluviated...

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