Brooks Range

Brooks Range, mountain chain, northernmost part of the Rocky Mts., extending about 600 mi (970 km) from east to west across N Alaska. Mt. Chamberlin, 9,020 ft (2,749 m) high, near the Canadian border, is the highest peak. Rugged, barren, snow-covered, and uninhabited, Brooks Range separates the oil-rich Arctic Ocean coastal plain from the Yukon River basin. An oil pipeline was built across the range in 1977 it begins at Prudhoe Bay in the north and extends to the port of Valdez, in S Alaska.

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