White River (Yukon)

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White River
Countries United States, Canada
State/Territory Alaska, Yukon
Census Area Valdez–Cordova in Alaska
Source Russell Glacier
 - location Wrangell–St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Saint Elias Mountains, Alaska
 - elevation 4,258 ft (1,298 m) [1]
 - coordinates 61°40′18″N 141°50′01″W / 61.67167°N 141.83361°W / 61.67167; -141.83361 [2]
Mouth Yukon River [2]
 - location 12 miles (19 km) upstream of the mouth of the Stewart River, Yukon
 - elevation 2,129 ft (649 m) [2]
 - coordinates 63°10′00″N 139°32′00″W / 63.16667°N 139.53333°W / 63.16667; -139.53333Coordinates: 63°10′00″N 139°32′00″W / 63.16667°N 139.53333°W / 63.16667; -139.53333 [2]
Length 200 mi (322 km) [3]
White River (Yukon) is located in Alaska
White River (Yukon)
Location of the mouth of the White River in Yukon

The White River is a tributary, about 200 miles (320 km) long, of the Yukon River in the U.S. state of Alaska and the Canadian territory of Yukon.[3] The Alaska Highway crosses the White River near Beaver Creek.

The White River is glacier-fed and contains large amounts of suspended sediment. It transports 19 million tons of sediment per year in the upper part of its basin.[4] This dramatically changes the clarity of the Yukon River, which remains sediment laden from the confluence to its mouth.[4]

White River, as seen from the Alaska Highway crossing

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  1. ^ Derived by entering source coordinates in Google Earth.
  2. ^ a b c d "White River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. January 1, 2000. Retrieved November 10, 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. 1044. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Transport of Water, Carbon, and Sediment Through the Yukon River Basin