167-Trans-Alaskan Pipeline – Alaska

The Trans-Alaskan Pipeline System runs over 800 miles from Prudhoe Bay in the north to Valdez in the south. It pumps over 755,000 barrels of crude from the northern slope to southern Alaska. Today’s price for oil is around $70, so each day $5,285,000 passes through this pipeline. I caught the pipeline in Fairbanks and followed it down the eastern route for about 250 miles towards Anchorage. Numerous places it would pop up out of the ground and then would disappear for miles. It has been called one of the eight modern wonders of the world. When you drive through rough terrain where the pipeline lays, it truly is a wonder.

Map

(Stolen from the web)

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pipe6These heat transducers help keep the permafrost from melting during the winter.

pipe5Coming out of the ground.

pipe4Crossing the Tanana river.

pipe348” pipe next to the small pipe.

pipe2800 miles across the entire state.