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Brock Experience

A research guide to aid students and faculty participating in Brock Experience courses.

Topics to Consider

  • Alaska pipeline lifespan
  • Wildlife management
  • Global warming / Climate Change
  • Economic perspectives
  • Social impacts
  • Political perspectives
  • Animal migration patterns
  • Impacts on indigenous people
  • Anglicizing of indigenous names


In Virginia, proposed pipelines crossing the state have drawn the ire of communities and property owners whose lands would house the massive structures, but in northern Alaska near the Arctic Circle, pipelines are common sights—though not without controversy themselves. Students studying in the Arctic Circle explore firsthand the sociological, biological and societal impacts of pipeline construction and existence, all the while considering how citizens can serve as best stewards of our natural resources—in this case, oil and natural gas.

Pre-departure Resources

Alaska Newspapers