Kukpowruk River

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Kukpowruk River
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough North Slope
Source De Long Mountains
 - elevation 2,872 ft (875 m) [1]
 - coordinates 68°26′20″N 162°29′49″W / 68.43889°N 162.49694°W / 68.43889; -162.49694
Mouth Kasegaluk Lagoon, Chukchi Sea, Arctic Ocean
 - location 9 miles (14 km) south of Point Lay
 - elevation 0 ft (0 m) [2]
 - coordinates 69°36′57″N 163°01′06″W / 69.61583°N 163.01833°W / 69.61583; -163.01833Coordinates: 69°36′57″N 163°01′06″W / 69.61583°N 163.01833°W / 69.61583; -163.01833 [2]
Length 160 mi (257 km) [3]
Kukpowruk River is located in Alaska
Kukpowruk River
Location of the mouth of the Kukpowruk River in Alaska

The Kukpowruk River is a stream, 160 miles (260 km) long, in the western North Slope Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska.[3] It arises in the De Long Mountains of the western Brooks Range and flows north into Kasegaluk Lagoon of the Chukchi Sea, Arctic Ocean.[2] The river mouth is about 9 miles (14 km) south of Point Lay.[2] Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is the major landowner along the river.

The Inuit name for the river probably means "fairly large stream" or "a stream."[2] A late 19th-century variant was "Kook Pow ruk."[2]

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  1. ^ Derived by entering source coordinates in Google Earth.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Kukpowruk River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. January 1, 2000. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b 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 9, 2013.