National Geographic : 1938 Aug
©Royal Canadian Air Force FROM THE AIR, COSMOPOLITAN AKLAVIK IS A WELCOME LANDMARK IN THE FLAT WILDERNESS OF THE MACKENZIE DELTA Farthest-north port of call of the supply steamer from the south (page 163), the busy little metropolis stands on asharp bend. The settlement's inhabitants are Indians, Eskimos, and a few whites of various nationalities. The river received its name from Sir Alexander Mackenzie,who discovered and first explored ittoitsmouth in 1789. In the Delta, close to the Beaufort Sea, thrive some of North America's most northerly forests. The Mackenzie, about 2,500 miles long, drains almost afifth of the total area of Canada. What appear to be cleared fields beyond the village are actually distant ponds and patches of marshy green muskeg (page 157).