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Yukon: A modern-day gold rush threatens North America’s last great wilderness

Yukon: Canada’s Wild West – In National Geographic’s February Issue

By Tom Clynes http://tomclynes.com/yukon-canadas-wild-west/

As the material needs of the world’s seven billion people continue to grow, the rush to exploit the Yukon’s exceptionally rich resources—gold, zinc, copper, and more—has brought prosperity to a once forsaken corner of the continent. But the boom has brought to the fore a growing tension between those who would keep one of North America’s last great wildernesses unbroken and those whose success depends on digging it up.

Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). A mother grizzly and her cubs cause a #bearjam on #DenaliNationalPark and Preserve’s 92-mile-long Park Road, open to private vehicles only five days each summer.

See more of my photos of Denali by following @argonautphoto and read the story “How Can 6 Million Acres at Denali Still Not Be Enough?” by Tom Clynes in the current issue of National Geographic magazine. by natgeo