National Geographic : 1959 Jul
SUPER ANSCOCHROMEBY THOMASJ. ABERCROMBIE.NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSTAFF © N.G .S. Grease-spattered "roughneck," his grin suggesting the hoped-for oil strike, leans against a tool shack at Wasilla, near Anchorage. Floodlit Oil Derrick Lifts a Gleaming Shaft Above Frozen Wasteland Oil today lures more prospectors to Alaska than does gold. Neither subzero temperatures nor the seemingly endless night of Alas kan winters halts exploration and drilling. Construction crews thaw the rock-hard soil with steam hoses. Some isolated camps re ceive supplies by helicopter. This wildcat rig on the Alaska Peninsula rises in a forlorn land scape of snow-swathed mountains and treeless terrain. Moonlight, not the midnight sun, bathes the lonely scene.