The Village of Mertarvik

The village of Newtok sits peacefully along the Ninglick River within the Yukon –Kuskokwim delta in western Alaska, threatened by a not-so-peaceful future. Overall warming temperatures are raising the river and melting coastal ice shelves along with the permafrost on which the village sits. Rising waters are slowly inundating the homes, buildings, and infrastructure, exposing the village to massive flooding during ocean storm surges.

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