More ships than ever are operating in the Bering Strait and off the north coast of Alaska, but many of the nautical charts for the region haven’t been updated in more than a century. Now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is trying to fix that. The research vessel Fairweather set off Wednesday for a surveying trip in the Arctic.
The crew of the Fairweather will be tracing a path from Kotzebue to the Canadian border over the next month. It’s the first mapping expedition of the north coast using modern equipment.
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