Kongakut River

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Kongakut River
Kongakut River.jpg
Kongakut River in summer
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough North Slope
 - location Davidson Mountains
 - elevation 5,521 ft (1,683 m) [1]
 - coordinates 68°48′47″N 143°22′47″W / 68.81306°N 143.37972°W / 68.81306; -143.37972 [2]
Mouth Siku Lagoon
 - location Beaufort Sea
 - elevation 0 ft (0 m) [2]
 - coordinates 69°46′35″N 141°42′16″W / 69.77639°N 141.70444°W / 69.77639; -141.70444Coordinates: 69°46′35″N 141°42′16″W / 69.77639°N 141.70444°W / 69.77639; -141.70444 [2]
Kongakut River is located in Alaska
Kongakut River
Location of the mouth of the Kongakut River in Alaska

The Kongakut River[pronunciation?] flows through parts of North Slope Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska.[2] It begins in the Davidson Mountains of the Brooks Range in the northeastern corner of the state, near the border with Yukon Territory in Canada.[3] The Kongakut flows generally northeast and north through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the Beaufort Sea northwest of Demarcation Point.[3] It was formerly sometimes called the Turner River but that name is now applied to a smaller stream in the vicinity due to confusion as to which was originally meant. The name Kongakut comes from the Inupiaq name for the river, meanining roughly "deer pond".[4]

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  1. ^ Source elevation derived from Google Earth search using GNIS source coordinates.
  2. ^ a b c d "Kongakut River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. January 1, 2000. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Alaska Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2010. p. 137. ISBN 978-0-89933-289-5. 
  4. ^ Orth, Donald (1967) Dictionary of Alaska Place Names Geological Survey professional paper, Volume 567. USGS. Government Printing Office, Washington. pp 539, 994