Wulik River

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Wulik River
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough North Slope, Northwest Arctic
Source De Long Mountains
 - location 5 miles (8 km) north of Sheep Mountain, North Slope
 - elevation 2,563 ft (781 m) [1]
 - coordinates 68°22′43″N 162°51′45″W / 68.37861°N 162.86250°W / 68.37861; -162.86250 [2]
Mouth Kivalina Lagoon, Chukchi Sea
 - location East of Kivalina, Northwest Arctic
 - elevation 0 ft (0 m) [2]
 - coordinates 67°43′54″N 164°31′01″W / 67.73167°N 164.51694°W / 67.73167; -164.51694Coordinates: 67°43′54″N 164°31′01″W / 67.73167°N 164.51694°W / 67.73167; -164.51694 [2]
Length 80 mi (129 km) [2]
Wulik River is located in Alaska
Wulik River
Location of the mouth of the Wulik River in Alaska

The Wulik River is a stream, about 80 miles (130 km) long, in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Alaska.[2] Originating in the De Long Mountains in the North Slope Borough, it flows southwest to Kivalina Lagoon in the Chukchi Sea, east of Kivalina[2]

Umiak Bend, along the river and 8 miles (13 km) northwest of Kivalina, was named after an Inuit skin boat (umiak) was destroyed there by rough water.[3]

In 1886, a United States Navy lieutenant reported the Inuit name of this river as "Woleek."[2]

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  1. ^ Derived by entering source coordinates in Google Earth.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Wulik River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. March 31, 1981. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ 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. 1007. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 

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