Essay on The National Wildlife Refuge System

957 Words Dec 10th, 2014 4 Pages
Stretching from19 million acres, the Artic National Wildlife Refuge is the greatest land-based unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System. It is without a doubt one of the few intact landscapes in America. Founded in 1960 to preserve its astonishing wildlife and precious ecosystems, the Artic Refuge is where wildlife abundant to the area remains untouched and uninfluenced by human activity. But with all of these extraordinary qualities, the Artic Refuge is in danger of loosing its uniqueness. The oil industries and their political affiliates are determined to launch attacks to use this remaining treasure for oil and gas drilling. While climate change is already causing plenty of disruptive damage to environments across the world, they want to contribute to the factor by opening an oil refinery right on the Artic Refuge. While we have people in power that don’t understand the consequences of this and simply don’t care what happens to one of the last untouched landscapes of the United States. One organization is saying that there is 16 billion barrels of recoverable oil and another is saying there’s 3 billion barrels of oil. They have not done enough research to definitely say how much oil is there on ANWR. What geologists suggest is oil and gas potential in the area but this is inconclusive until geologists go out there and explore. Beneath ANWR are 6 sequences of sedimentary rocks, rocks that were deposited from 20 to 60 million years ago. Containing thousands of series…

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