• Sophomore Ross Fu (far left) looks on as a sled dog musher shows her skills.

    Sophomore Ross Fu (far left) looks on as a sled dog musher shows her skills.

    Photos / MATTHEW ZEDLER

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  • Visiting the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline.

    Visiting the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline.

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  • Students take a dip at Chena Hot Springs.

    Students take a dip at Chena Hot Springs.

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  • A student sits inside the only ice hotel in the United States.

    A student sits inside the only ice hotel in the United States.

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An educational Alaskan adventure

Sophomore Ross Fu (far left) looks on as a sled dog musher shows her skills.


A group of 28 MIT freshmen spent spring break in Alaska to learn firsthand about the benefits and pitfalls of drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (see MIT Tech Talk, March 4).
One of the students, Matthew R. Zedler, documented the experience by taking photos and keeping an online journal. In it, he describes what the group learned about the oil-drilling debate and native cultures, sculptures and a hotel made of ice, and animals, including reindeer, caribou and sled dogs.

For more photos and excerpts from Zedler's journal, see the News Office web site at /newsoffice/nr/2004/alaska-log.html.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 31, 2004.


Topics: Civil and environmental engineering, Students, Environment and energy

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