Scientists are carrying out tests in the far north of Alaska to see what effect the building of a one thousand mile long oil pipe line will have on the migratory habits of the Arctic Caribou.
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SV Caribou across ground and cross overpass (2 shots)
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GV PAN Caribou runs under underpass
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Background: Scientists are carrying out tests in the far north of Alaska to see what effect the building of a one thousand mile long oil pipe line will have on the migratory habits of the Arctic Caribou. The reindeer, not used to unusual obstacles in the low lying almost treeless Tundra of the north, may treat the pipeline as a fence and go no further. Scientists have erected a two mile mockup pipeline. They watch the wandering Caribou about half of which will not try to pass. The other half either walk under overpasses erected in the mockup or over specially constructed ramps.
SYNOPSIS: Plans are underway to build a pipeline some one thousand miles long to bring oil from fields in the far north of Alaska. Scientists are worried what effect such a pipeline would have on the migratory habits of the Caribou. The reindeer, not used to unusual obstacles in the low, almost treeless Tundra, may treat the pipeline as a fence and go no further. A mockup pipeline, two miles long, has been built and scientists keep a constant watch on the Caribou to see what effect it has on them.
Of this herd, about half stopped at the mockup and wouldn't go any further. The other half either crossed over by using a specially constructed camp, or ??? beneath an underpass.
The experiments are still in their early stages, but when the results are known, scientists will make recommendations to the oil company on the best way to construct the pipeline and least upset the habits of the Caribou.