Tanana River

Tanana River

Course of the Tanana River with headwaters Chisana River ( right) and Nabesna River ( left)

The Trans - Alaska Pipeline crossing the Tanana River

The Tanana River ( ' tænənɑ ː ) is a 1060 km long left tributary of the Yukon River in the U.S. state of Alaska, which ends at the Tanana to the Yukon River. The word means Tanana Athabaskan language in the " mountain river ".

The river begins north of the Wrangell Mountains in the interior of the confluence of Chisana and Nabesna River. It first flows towards the northeast and then makes a turn to the northwest by the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. There, the Alaska Highway along the shore. In central Alaska, the river forms a marsh region, which is known as Tanana Valley. In this region rivers Nenana River and Kantishna River empty into the river.

Since 1917, on the Tanana River on a regular basis in the winter " Eiswette ", the " Nenana Ice Classics " performed. The Tanana ice melts at the level of local Nenana at the 64th Latitude today on average 5.5 days earlier than 1917. Thus the Eiswette provides important evidence for the theory of global warming.


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