Kukpuk River

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Kukpuk River
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough North Slope
Source De Long Mountains
 - elevation 2,092 ft (638 m) [1]
 - coordinates 68°19′27″N 163°24′54″W / 68.32417°N 163.41500°W / 68.32417; -163.41500 [2]
Mouth East end of Marryat Inlet
 - location 12 miles (19 km) northeast of Point Hope, Chukchi Sea, Arctic Ocean
 - elevation 0 ft (0 m) [2]
 - coordinates 68°24′57″N 166°22′37″W / 68.41583°N 166.37694°W / 68.41583; -166.37694Coordinates: 68°24′57″N 166°22′37″W / 68.41583°N 166.37694°W / 68.41583; -166.37694 [2]
Length 125 mi (201 km) [3]
Kukpuk River is located in Alaska
Kukpuk River
Location of the mouth of the Kukpuk River in Alaska

The Kukpuk River is a stream, about 125 miles (201 km) long, in the western North Slope Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska.[3] It flows generally west from the De Long Mountains across the Lisburne Peninsula to Marryat Inlet on the Chukchi Sea.[4] The river mouth is about 12 miles (19 km) northeast of Point Hope.[2]

The Inuit name "Kukpak" means "big river". A late 19th-century variant was "Kookpuk".[2]

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  1. ^ Derived by entering source coordinates in Google Earth.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Kukpuk River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. March 31, 1981. Retrieved September 12, 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. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ Alaska Atlas & Gazetteer (7th ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 2010. p. 134. ISBN 978-0-89933-289-5.