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Uploaded on Nov 11, 2010
This video takes an in-depth look at the groundbreaking science Shell and industry partners are gathering off the coast of Alaska. The story begins on the MV Westward Wind where scientist worked in three-week shifts to study the benthic communities on the sea floor, observe marine mammals using aerial drones and count sea birds. The story then moves onshore where scientists are studying rivers and streams to understand drainage patterns and onshore habitat. Finally, the video moves to the coast where a 500 year old Native dwelling is discovered by a cultural anthropologist. Whales, walrus, worms, birds and plankton all star in this in-depth look at the baseline science being collected off Alaska's northern coast.