National Geographic : 1971 Oct
Open-air deep freeze tempts a tethered watchdog, stretching toward caribou carcasses destined for family kitchens in Barrow. In sum mer, salted meat dries on roofs. The 55-gallon fuel drums, which still litter the tundra, remain from oil ex plorations of the 1940's. Northernmost community in the United States, Bar row's 2,100 people live at the edge of the Chukchi Sea -still ice-dotted in August. Government jobs, such as those offered by two schools, a hospital, and the Arctic Research Lab, provide op portunities for some of the 600 available workers. Sea sonal occupations like fish ing absorb others. But in the slack winter months unem ployment soars to 80 percent.