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1 Pebble Mines watersheds A 450 mile trek through the river systems downstream of the proposed mine site. A thunderstorm approaches as we look over the mine site

2 Erin in the alders along the Kvichak River

3 Pebble Mine site

4 Largest open pit mine in North America – with additional large underground component. Hundreds of billions of dollars of gold and copper ore. Claim owned by Northern Dynasty Minerals – a Canadian company. Havent yet filed for permits. Land owned by the state of Alaska. At the headwaters of two of the worlds largest salmon rivers. The Pebble Mine proposal Drill rig and hose at the Pebble site

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7 on the flanks of Groundhog MtnPackrafting the Mulchatna River

8 Twin Creeks Mine, Nevada - Earthworks

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10 the Pebble claim site from a nearby mountain

11 Pebble valley panorama

12 Tom looking out over Frying Pan Lake

13 Ridge above the Pebble Valley

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17 Beaver pond in the Pebble Valley

18 Shore of Frying Pan Lake

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20 Caribou and reindeer moss near the Pebble Valley

21 Northern Dynasty has spent over $100 million already on exploration and studies. The Pebble deposit is estimated to contain over 100 million ounces of gold and 90 billion pounds of copper, worth over $300 billion at todays prices.

22 Unlike oil and gas production, mining operates under antiquated laws that give less than 2% of mineral values back to state and local government. Exploration drill rig at the Pebble site

23 Abandoned drill rig site in the Pebble Valley

24 Workers at an exploration drill rig

25 Hose dumping drilling slurry onto the tundra

26 Frying Pan Lake, in the potential tailings lake area Proposed Pebble Mine Dams 740 feet high 4.3 miles long Earth and rocks Three Gorges Dam 610 feet high 1.24 miles long Concrete

27 South Fork Koktuli River

28 Strong winds along the Koktuli River

29 Moose along the Mulchatna River

30 Porcupine in the brush

31 Wolf tracks on a lake shore

32 Frog on the tundra

33 Ptarmigan in the tundra

34 Spruce hen in the tundra

35 Arctic tern on the Mulchatna River

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37 Nushagak River

38 Gallery forests on the Nushagak River

39 Tundra above the Nushagak River

40 In 2006, Nushagak River salmon runs totaled 18 million fish Packrafts on the Nushagak River

41 46 million salmon Bristol Bay Cyanide Heavy Metals Sulfuric Acid

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43 Skiffs line the shore at New Stuyahok

44 King salmon strips drying in EkwokCleaning salmon in Igiugig

45 Levelock International Airport

46 4-wheelers in New Stuyahok

47 Nondalton village Newhalen village

48 Nondalton village on Sixmile Lake

49 Packrafts on Bristol Bay

50 Fishing boats on Bristol Bay

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52 Low tide on Bristol Bay

53 Picking salmon nets on Bristol Bay

54 Abandoned cabin on Bristol Bay

55 Sunset on Bristol Bay

56 Tom fishing on Bristol Bay

57 Grizzly tracks on Bristol Bay

58 Belugas at the mouth of the Kvichak River

59 Tom stuck in the mud on Kvichak Bay

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61 Walking in tidal grasses along the lower Kvichak River

62 Tidal slough on the Kvichak River

63 Swans in the Kvichak River marshes

64 Tundra lake near the Kvichak River

65 Cottongrass near the Kvichak River

66 Sandhill cranes in the cottongrass of the Kvichak

67 Mosquitos in the Kvichak tundra

68 Mosquitos inside our tarp

69 Marsh grasses on the Kvichak River

70 Glacial moraine near the Kvichak River

71 Moose skull on a glacial moraine

72 Hig wading a creek feeding the Kvichak River

73 Hanging out in the Sportsmans Lodge, on the Kvichak River

74 Tom fishing in Lake Iliamna

75 Tom with arctic grayling

76 Feast of rainbow trout

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78 Lake Iliamna shore

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81 Upper Talarik Creek

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83 We made a commitment to stay out of Upper Talarik Creek because it is sensitive fish habitat." -Ella Ede, Northern Dynasty, July 2005 Northern Dynasty applied for water rights to remove all the water from Upper Talarik headwaters for mine operation. – July 2006 Pit plan overlaps the creek headwaters

84 Descending to Upper Talarik Creek Northern Dynastys claims: Well stay out of Upper Talarik Creek No Fish in Frying Pan Lake No Cyanide As Canadian citizens and residents certain of Northern Dynastys directors and officers may not subject themselves to U.S. legal proceedings, so that recovery on judgements issued by U.S. courts may be difficult or impossible.

85 Mining claim stake near Upper Talarik Creek

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87 The mine would require a 100 mile road and slurry line to a port on Cook Inlet. It would probably get power from a line across Cook Inlet to the Kenai Peninsula, but the mines power use would be more than currently used by the whole Peninsula. Road near Iliamna village

88 Pond in the Pebble Valley

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90 Sunset over Frying Pan Lake Gold and other commodities are often touted as safe investments in troubled times. These investments lead to an increase in mining, simply to store the metals in vaults. Over 70% of gold produced is used to create jewelry. On average one gold ring creates over 20 tons of tailings and other mine waste.

91 Thunderstorm approaching over Pebble Valley

92 Dont buy gold jewelry Dont invest in metals Buy Wild Alaskan salmon Comment on the BLMs draft plan for the region Visit Bristol Bay Tell people Thunderstorm over Pebble Valley

93 Our team in the tundra near Nondalton

94 My site: Renewable Resources Coalition: Northern Dynasty: Sunset near the Kvichak River


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