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Robert Glenn Ketchum: American Photo, Master Series No. 5

NO PEBBLE MINE, Pictures from Ground Zero 
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #47, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
As we are traveling #downstream below the proposed PEBBLE mine site, we are witnessing endless #streams feed into small #river #valleys which in turn merge into the ever-larger system of the #Nushagak #river. Beneath these waters, one of the greatest #salmon #migrations on earth is headed upstream. Coming out of the #Pacific, the salmon enter #BristolBay and the largest numbers of fish go up the #Kvichak and #Nushagak, two of the largest rivers. These rivers are too large and flow too fast, however, for the salmon to #spawn. The fish are headed for THESE waters (pictureed here), slower - quieter - meandering - and with plenty of #sandbars where they can lay their eggs.
Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd 
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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #46, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
My visual journey is taking us #downriver from the proposed Pebble #mine site. We are following many, many #streams as they collect into the #Nushagak river, one of the two larger rivers most vital to the #BristolBay #salmon #fishery. Some "feeder" #streams occupy substantial #valleys, others are like small squiggles as they meander over the #landscape. As I have said before in these posts, the larger aerial view always astounds me and in this shot, I see the very fabric of existence of life on Earth. The PEBBLE MINE will alter this environment FOREVER -- SAY NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE!
Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd  
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #45, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
As the waters collect from the #tributary #streams BELOW the proposed Pebble #mine site, they will eventually coalesce into the #Nushagak #river, one of the two principal rivers that support the world's most productive #salmon #fishery, #BristolBay. Initially the "joined" waters meander erratically down lush, swampy #valleys thru the rolling #tundra #landscape. But, as the water descends, hundreds of "arms" in this #aqueous spiderweb create ever-larger drainages that are substantial river systems in and of themselves - #Mulchatna, #Chilikadrotna, #Koktuli, and #Stuyahok.
Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd 
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #44, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
The #water-saturated #headwaters of the #BristolBay #fishery will begin to drain into the #open-pit of the proposed PEBBLE mine as soon as ground is broken. As I showed in previous post #42 of the #BerkleyPit in #Montana, the downflow of water creates significant #erosion #channels in the walls of the pit. Were the PEBBLE to be constructed, the erosion would be constant and massive, coming from surface water, large amounts of #rainfall, and significant #snowmelt. In the MUCH DRYER environment of #Utah, this catastrophic slide is what recently happened at the #BinghamCanyon open-pit mine. And, if this might happen to the pit walls of the PEBBLE, how about those nearby earthen dams larger than #ThreeRiversGorgeDam complex in #China that are expected to "contain" the 20-square-miles - literally a #sea - of #toxic #iron-acidic, #cyanide-laced water... are they eroding away as well?
Photograph © 2013 Ravell Call, Desert News, @RavellRay @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd  
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #43, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
If you will recall, I diverged on my #downriver trip from the proposed #open-pit Pebble mine site in #Southwest #Alaska to explain a bit about #open-pit #mining, citing the #BerkleyPit #mine in #Butte, Montana. Clearly one of the issues with ANY open-pit mine is pumping the inflowing #groundwater and #toxic stew out of the mine pit and into "containment" lakes (you hope). Historically, most open-pit mines have #containment problems, and in an area with this much surface water directly below the mine site, ANY spill would flow immediately into the #headwaters of some of the most productive #river systems in the #BristolBay #salmon #fishery.
Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd 
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #42, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
So, a #lake, somewhere, is being created from the pumping of the #toxic stew out of the #open-pit #mine to keep the mine from flooding. However, #groundwater is always leaking in, as is the #rain, so the pumping-out and lake-making must continue in PERPETUITY. At the #BerkeleyPit in #Butte, #Montana, the water table the mine eventually breached was subterranean, unfortunately at the site of the proposed PEBBLE MINE, the water table is virtually at the surface, water will flow into the pit from the 1st shovel they dig, and then it will rain, snow and melt out ON TOP OF THAT- note the water #erosion ravines on the side of the Berkley pit - NO PEBBLE MINE.
Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd  
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #41, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
At ground level, that "lake" being created from the water pumped out of the #Berkley #open-pit #mine does not look like a good place to #fish -- or #swim-- and certainly NOT to #drink. What keeps these #toxins from seeping back into the #aquifer? Isn't moving this stew of #poison from one place to another really just a house-of-cards? Imagine the scale of the Pebble mine "lagoons": 20-square-miles, and because of the #cyanide the lagoons will ALWAYS be toxic and must be MAINTAINED IN PERPETUITY. #Southwest #Alaska is a significant resting/feeding stop during #bird migrations up and down the #Pacific #flyway, hosting hundreds of thousands of birds and dozens of species... what will they think these lagoons are? Say NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE!!!
Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd  
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #40, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
The actual #open-pit #mine is only part of the #footprint. As the mine digs below the #watertable and water flows into the pit, the pit must be perpetually pumped out and the #toxic stew has to be put somewhere else. In the case of the #BerkleyPit in #Butte, #Montana, the stew is pumped above the mine into a small valley creating a "lake" - as you can see from this aerial view, quite a large "lake." The PEBBLE mine proposed for #Southwest #Alaska / #BristolBay will create a series of such #lakes. Referred to as #slurry #lagoons, the toxic stew from the PEBBLE will sit in these plastic-lined "ponds" projected to cover 20-SQUARE-MILES. Highly #poisonous, these ponds must be maintained IN PERPETUITY, and they will be "retained" by a complex of earthen dams LARGER THAN THE #ThreeRiversGorgeDam COMPLEX in #China - "retained", that is, until the #LakeClark fault throws off a big #earthquake...
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #39, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
The #BerkleyPit in #Butte, #Montana is about 1,000-feet deep, but as it went down it dug below the water table of the valley so water began to flow in. Rain and melting snow carry #chemical #pollutants from the ground site into the pit as well, and as the water in the pit interacts with #iron from the #mining process, it #acidifies, turning the reddish color seen here. THIS WATER IS SO #TOXIC THAT NOW THEY ARE ACTUALLY MINING THE #WATER! The mine must also pump water out of the pit 24/7/365 FOREVER to keep the toxic water from rising to the point that it would flow back into the #groundwater #aquifer of Butte and the entire #river valley. BUT, where are they pumping it...?
Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd 
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #38, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
Major #petrochemical accumulation is showing up in the small #fish that constitute the 1st tier of the #foodchain in the #GulfOfMexico, a result of the @BP #oil fire / spill. As bigger #fish eat them, the #toxins accumulate in the bigger fish in increasingly larger concentrations. #BristolBay, #Alaska is the last major #CLEAN #fishery left in America. A new study by the #UniversityOfAlaska (@UA_System) places an ANNUAL #economic #value on the fishery of 1-1/2 BILLION dollars! How could anyone, even a politician, think putting a #cyanide-leach, #open-pit #mine in the #headwaters of this fishery is a good idea? Wake up America, you can't eat #gold and #copper - SAY NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE, keep Alaskan #salmon 'doin the CLEAN wild thing!
Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd 
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #37, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
As the mine ages, some buildings and equipment are #abandoned on site. Accumulating discarded industrial equipment often #leaks #petrochemicals furthering the #poisoning of the ground. Here #rainwater has collected in a pool, now #acidic because of #iron #oxides, BUT given the presence of the structure and trucks now sitting in disuse, other #hazardous #chemistry is surely in this pool as well. Eventually it will percolate into the #groundwater. A valued #fishery is NO place for a mine like this, SAY NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE!
Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd  
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #36, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
As the #open-pit #mine grows larger, so does the infrastructure. More buildings are erected, more roads built - the "crater" of the mine is ever-deepening and ever-widening. As this goes on, besides the #tailings created from the mining, significant #industrial #debris from construction accumulates as well - some of it #toxic. Any heavy #rain or #groundwater interaction just mixes the debris deterioration in with #toxins from the #mine - a stew is brewing! Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd  
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #35, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
The previous 5 images in this folio circumnavigate the proposed sight of the Pebble mine from the air. Should the Pebble be allowed, this is how the #landscape will be transformed - 1st a substantive community of buildings and roads must be created to support such a massive dig in such a remote place. Then the extraction of the #earth begins with #explosives used to pulverize the rock / dirt so it can be scooped up, trucked off and processed. This is the #BerkleyPit in #Butte, #Montana - the color of the exposed dirt is the result of #iron #oxides formed as the soil is exposed to water and air - in a liquid form these iron oxides are HIGHLY #acidic.
Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd  
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE, Pictures from Ground Zero #34: 
At the flight angle of the 4 previous pictures you do not fully perceive the amount of #water on the #landscape. Larger #rivers and #lakes are visible in those shots, but only from directly above can you finally see the spiderweb of smaller streams and #wetlands that feed into the ever-larger river systems. An "accidental" spill of a liquid #toxin in this habitat would spread EVERYWHERE! Say NO to the Pebble Mine! Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd   
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #33, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
As the line of flight / sight travel moves away from the "hills", the #river #valleys are less defined, and the #landscape starts to flatten out into massive gently rolling swells. Even so, #water flows into every depression. Small #streams meander across the landscape, collecting into ever larger #rivers headed toward the #Pacific. In this image, I can see 6-7 feeder streams coming into the larger, foreground river. The Pebble mine would be at the far horizon; those hills will likely be gone, replaced by a 2,000-foot deep hole in the ground.
Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd  
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #32, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
As the #tundra #vegetation channels the #rainfall into gullies, those small #streams collect into ever larger #rivers that wind their way through the broad rolls of the #landscape, connecting #lakes and #ponds. It is going to take a lot of surface disruption of this landscape, stream diversion, and electric energy production to perpetually pump groundwater from the 2,000-foot deep #pit of the Pebble Mine to keep it from flooding in a #toxic stew.
Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd 
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #31, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
If you flew towards what appear to be small hills in the distance of my last post (FB post #30) - effectively flying across what might become the 2,000-foot deep, #open-pit of the Pebble Mine - the scale of the #landscape that will be altered by the #mine becomes more apparent. The hills are NOT small and because of #rainfall off the #BeringSea captured by the #tundra, #streams flow down every crack and gully virtually year-round (4 or 5 are visible in this picture alone).
Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd  
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #30, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
When discussing the Pebble Mine, you regularly read / hear the terms "footprint" and "downstream" - so let's take a look at the #footprint and follow the #water #downstream. This is the #landscape where the footprint will be most visible - were the Pebble to be constructed THIS would be a 2,000-foot deep hole in the ground AND over 2-miles across, rim-to-rim.
Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd  
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #29, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
Beneath the carpet of #tundra and stunted #spruce lies a #water system as complex and intermixed as the vegetation it supports. #Rivers not only wind through the landscape connecting #lakes to the #Pacific, but in some places they intermingle BENEATH the surface, flowing through porous rock from one drainage into another. #Cyanide #slurry or #iron #acids released into this environment "by accident" from the PEBBLE MINE would #poison everything.
Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd 
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #28, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
This is #tundra - a complex, stunted world of intermixed systems and species that covers most of the #terrain that will be imprinted by the Pebble mine. It is also a #microcosm of the larger, even more complex SYSTEMS the Pebble mine will impact. These #plants, the #animals, the #fish, the #water resource, the #air quality, some of America's most beautiful #parks, and OUR #publichealth will all be compromised - SAY NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE!
Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd  
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #27, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
To me, the most #habitat / #fisheries threatening part of the Pebble mine "footprint" is the 20-SQUARE MILE #toxic #lagoon complex. #Cyanide #slurry NEVER breaks down and must be maintained FOREVER! - behind earthen dams larger than China's 3 Rivers Gorge Dam complex... what? Problem is ALL OF THIS SITS ADJACENT THE #LAKECLARK FAULT, home to numerous active #volcanoes, and site of the largest #earthquake in North American history (1964, 9+ for over 6-minutes), YIKES! Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd 
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #26, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
Besides the impact of the actual #mine site, the system of roads and their industrial #pollution will also affect #LakeIliamna and beyond. This is the #IliamnaRiver above Lake Iliamna. The road from the mine to the shipping port will traverse this #river and #valley, disrupting it and all of its #tributaries. Try keeping the road open in winter! Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd  
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #25, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
One morning, on a walk up the #Talarik Creek drainage the #water was teeming with #fish. I encountered 3 #grizzlies (at different times, fortunately!), a #moose, several #eagles and 10 or so #recreational #fishermen. I also saw #caribou tracks and #wolf prints. Why trade this vibrant #habitat for a #toxic hole in-the-ground called The Pebble Mine? Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd 
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #24, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
Considered to be some of the world's finest #flyfishing, #Talarik Creek's vibrant path flows across the bottom of this photograph. In the distance is #LakeIliamna, one of the world's largest #freshwater lakes, and home to a unique species of #seal. This whole #habitat is part of a multi million $$ American #fishery, and one of our wildest, most pristine national #parks, WHY PUT THE EXTREMELY #TOXIC PEBBLE MINE IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS?
Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd  
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #23, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
In a stunningly visual overlay of geologic time in #Southwest #Alaska / #BristolBay, #rivers and #lakes that support the current #fishery sit atop massive #glacial #striations in the rock. Disrupting all of this with the largest #mining complex on earth, staggering volumes of #toxic #debris, and miles of industrial roads is just wrong - SAY NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE!
Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd  
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #22, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
The #Obama family received my two books on #Southwest #Alaska and #BristolBay as a Christmas present. Last week the Natural Resources Defense Council (@NRDC) and #RobertRedford dropped a full-page ad in the @WashingtonPost (w/my pic) asking the President to stop the Pebble mine and save Bristol Bay. NOW IS THE TIME!!! E-mail President @Barack Obama at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments, and ask him to SAY NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE. Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd 
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #21, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
Low tide at the mouth of the #Kvichak river reveals " #DeadmanSands ". Out beyond the bar lies one of the greatest #fisheries left in the world, #BristolBay - an American fishery, a #clean #food #resource for American people, and a provider of thousands of American jobs. Why would we allow a #Canadian #mining company funded by a #British #investment firm to build The Pebble mine here and compromise this resource?
Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd 
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #20, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
Because of litigation over the shortcomings of their 1st plan, the #Alaska Department of Natural Resources (@DNR) was directed to revise and reconsider. The new DNR plan just released has good points but insults #native communities by not recognizing #subsistence #hunting. There should also be greater consideration of #moose / #caribou winter #habitat, and ALL #STREAMS ARE HABITAT, navigable or not!
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #19, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
There is NO WAY you can put the largest #open-pit #mine in the world and its 20 square-miles of #poisonous #lagoons in the middle of this fish-rich, water world and not impact the #habitat and the #fish significantly. Aside from the mine's #toxicity, there will be #coal burned for electricity altering #air-quality, and roads built that will impact dozens of #rivers and #lakes with their construction and industrial traffic.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #18, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
The #habitat of #Southwest #Alaska supports the most productive #salmon fishery in the world, but there is also #arctic #char, #dolly #varden, and huge #rainbow #trout in abundance, not to mention all the other #animals, #birds, and epic American parkland. President @BarackObama has my books to ensure that he and his family can SEE what is at stake. Contact him now, tell him to support the @EPA and direct them to say NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE.
Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd  
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #17, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
#Southwest #Alaska is one of the cleanest and most diverse #freshwater #habitats left in North America. As #clean #water #resources elsewhere are ruined by industrial consumption, #fracking, and bad #mining practice, perhaps we should prevent the PEBBLE MINE from "accidentally" impairing this huge clean water system. It is not JUST the #fish, PURE water will be more valuable than #gold in the near future.
Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd  
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Wednesday, January 2, 2013 
NO PEBBLE MINE #16, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
The state parks, national parks and wildlife refuges of #Southwest #Alaska are the essence of wild land. These habitats are also the #headwaters of the #BristolBay #salmon #fisheries and the most diverse #freshwater #ecosystem in North America. Parks and fish are renewable resource job providers. THERE IS NO PLACE IN THIS #ENVIRONMENT FOR THE #TOXIC BYPRODUCTS THAT WILL BE INTRODUCED BY THE PEBBLE MINE COMPLEX.
Photograph © 2013 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd  
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012 
NO PEBBLE MINE #15, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
#BristolBay, the most productive commercial #salmon fishery in the history of the world is not the only renewable resource at risk if the Pebble Mine is developed. This industrial mega-development will impact, 2 national parks (@LakeClarkNPS & @Katmai NPS), 3 national wildlife refuges (#Togiak), and 4 state-designated sanctuaries (#Wood-Tikchik) - home not just to #fish, but #bear, #moose, #caribou, #wolf, #walrus, #marten, #fox, #eagle and 1000's of migratory #birds.
Photograph © 2012 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @NRDCBiogems @OrvisFlyFishing @iLCP #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd 
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012 
NO PEBBLE MINE #14, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
#Southwest #Alaska and the #AlaskaRange host many #volcanoes and are adjacent one of the most significant #seismic zones in North America. The Pebble mine plans to store #cyanide-toxic #mine #slurry in 20-SQUARE-MILES of plastic lined, lake-like pits supposedly contained IN PERPETUITY by a series of earthen dams larger than #ThreeGorgesDam located in #Yiling District, #Yichang, #Hubei province, #China. HELLO !?!?!
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012 
NO PEBBLE MINE #13, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
The Pebble Mine #ore deposit is apparently part of an ancient #volcano. #Lava flows and #volcanic #debris have built much of the #Southwest landscape. BENEATH THE POROUS STONE SURFACE, THE WATERS FLOW - sometimes literally THROUGH the rock layers. Many Rivers and watersheds are "connected" in this way. Containing any spills from the 20-SQUARE-miles of #cyanide #slurry lagoons created by the Pebble Mine would be virtually impossible.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012 
NO PEBBLE MINE #12, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
This is #LakeIliamna, one of the largest #freshwater lakes in the world and home to a unique species of freshwater #seal found nowhere else. #Iliamna is also the #headwater of the massive #Kvichak river, the most productive commercial #salmon river in all of #Southwest Alaska. ASTOUNDINGLY, THE NEARBY PEBBLE MINE WILL PRODUCE 3,000-pounds OF #TOXIC #TAILINGS FOR EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD LIVING ON THE #PLANET TODAY, and to neutralize these #acid producing #tailings, the mine developers have suggested dumping the them in the lake!!!
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012 
NO PEBBLE MINE #11, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
#Oil still oozes from shoreline sand in #PrinceWilliamSound. Oil and other #toxins saturate the #GulfCoast. #Cyanide and #acidic #iron #oxides should NEVER BE INTRODUCED into the #BristolBay #environment. Say NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE and keep the greatest wild #salmon fishery in the world (also #herring, #halibut, etc.) a clean American food and job resource. Don't allow #Southwest #Alaska to be trashed by international industrial development.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012 
NO PEBBLE MINE #10, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
If constructed, The Pebble will be the largest #open-pit #mine ever built, however in addition to the mine site a "haul" road system must also be carved through the 10,000 -17,000 ft #AlaskaRange to reach a port in #CookInlet (also to be built as part of the complex). GOOD LUCK KEEPING SUCH A ROAD OPEN IN THE WINTER! Will American taxpayers be deluded into subsidizing this road as they were for all the timber extraction roads in the #Tongass #rainforest (@TongassNF)?
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012 
NO PEBBLE MINE #9, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
The @EPA has determined the Pebble Mine will damage #salmon #rivers, destroy salmon #habitat, and is a threat to the #BristolBay #fishery... THANK YOU!!!! This IS Ground Zero and you can see why a #toxic (#cyanide) #mine leaking / draining water downstream affects everything - follow the water in this picture (clue: it is where the life is).
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012 
NO PEBBLE MINE #8, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
The Pebble mine would be 2,000-feet deep and 2-miles across. There will be a constant influx of #groudwater that will require pumping 24/7/365 to keep the #mine from #flooding. That liquid, tainted with #cyanide and #iron #oxides, will be pumped into "lagoons" that spread over 20-square-miles of the landscape. #Birds on the #Pacific #flyway will see that, expecting this...
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 
NO PEBBLE MINE #7, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
This is #TwinLakes in #LakeClark National Park (@LakeClarkNPS). Beyond the distant mountains to the right, the proposed Pebble mine complex would be belching industrial auto #smog, AND a #mercury laden #haze from #coal-fired power generation. Their 20-SQUARE-MILE #cyanide #slurry lagoon would seem ocean-like from shore-to-shore. How can foreign corporations be allowed do this to American resources?
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012 
NO PEBBLE MINE #6, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
Besides a massive complex of roads that will define the Pebble mine #extraction site, a long "haul" road must be built to get #minerals out. The haul road will bridge the #NewHalenRiver coming out of #LakeClark National Park @LakeClarkNPS); it will run adjacent the shoreline of #LakeIliamna for miles bridging / disrupting dozens of #salmon streams and possibly the unique species of freshwater #seal that lives in the lake.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012 
NO PEBBLE MINE #5, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
#Southwest #Alaska / #BristolBay is a world of water.... Water everywhere, and right at the surface. The fishery thrives in this world. The Pebble mine, proposed as the largest #copper / #cyanide #gold-leach mine ever constructed has NO PLACE HERE! Keep American fisheries clean - say NO to The Pebble mine!
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012 
NO PEBBLE MINE #4, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
The Pebble mine will use more electricity on a daily basis than #Anchorage, the largest city in #Alaska. The Pebble intends to generate power from burning #coal mined on-site. Coupled with the industrial vehicle #smog the mine will generate, you can kiss the air quality of #LakeIliamna, #LakeClark National Park (@LakeClarkNPS), and #Katmai National Park (@KatmaiNPS) goodbye... and good luck keeping the #mercury particulate from coal burning out of the fishery! The Pebble mine threatens American jobs and clean food resources say NO!
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012 
NO PEBBLE MINE #3, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
The #NewHalen river flows between #LakeClark (@LakeClarkNPS) and #LakeIliamna, and offers some of the least tried Class 6 whitewater in North America. It will also have a bridge over it and a haul road next to it if the Pebble mine is constructed.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
NO PEBBLE MINE #2, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
Upper #Talarik Creek, a world class #fly-fishing destination. Recreational fishing / tourism generates $millions of annual revenue and American employment IN PERPETUITY if well managed. The Pebble mine's life will be short but it will generate millions of gallons of #toxic, #cyanide-leach solution which will have to be stored IN PERPETUITY to protect these #waters and the connected American #fishery.
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Monday, September 24, 2012
NO PEBBLE MINE #1, Pictures from Ground Zero: 
Today I am starting something new which I hope you will continue to follow, like and share so more will know about this: PEBBLE MINE - pictures from Ground Zero: This is #LakeClark National Park (@LakeClarkNPS) which will SHARE A BORDER with the Pebble mine. Should these kinds of American natural resources be squandered in the pursuit of fashionable jewelry?
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NO PEBBLE MINE, Pictures from Ground Zero 
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