Kuk River

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Kuk River
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough North Slope
Source Confluence of Kaolak and Avalik rivers
 - location National Petroleum Reserve–Alaska
 - elevation 8 ft (2 m) [1]
 - coordinates 70°07′19″N 159°40′16″W / 70.12194°N 159.67111°W / 70.12194; -159.67111 [1]
Mouth Wainwright Inlet, Arctic Ocean
 - location 6 miles (10 km) southeast of Wainwright
 - elevation 0 ft (0 m) [2]
 - coordinates 70°36′29″N 160°06′40″W / 70.60806°N 160.11111°W / 70.60806; -160.11111Coordinates: 70°36′29″N 160°06′40″W / 70.60806°N 160.11111°W / 70.60806; -160.11111 [2]
Length 35 mi (56 km) [3]
Kuk River is located in Alaska
Kuk River
Location of the mouth of the Kuk River in Alaska

The Kuk River[pronunciation?] is a 35-mile (56 km) long stream in the North Slope Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska.[3] It heads at the confluence of the Avalik and Kaolak rivers and flows north to Wainwright Inlet, 6 miles (10 km) southeast of Wainwright.[2] The inlet links to the Chukchi Sea of the Arctic Ocean.[3]

Kuk means river in Inuit. Nineteenth century maps variously listed streams entering the Wainwright Inlet as "Koh", "Kong", "Tutua Wing", "Ku", "Kook", "Koo", and "Kee".[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b From Google Earth positioned on confluence of Kaolak and Avalik rivers
  2. ^ a b c d "Kuk River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. January 1, 2000. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Orth, Donald J.; United States Geological Survey (1971) [1967]. Dictionary of Alaska Place Names: Geological Survey Professional Paper 567 (PDF). University of Alaska Fairbanks. United States Government Printing Office. p. 550. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 17, 2013. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 

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