Meade River

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Quick Facts

  • Location: 70 ° 54' 12" N, 155 ° 57' 27" W
  • Region: North Slope
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heads on Kulugra Ridge at 692300N1584000W, flows NE to Admiralty Bay, Arctic Plain.

This river was explored by Captain P. H. Ray (1885, p. 27), USA, in April 1883. Ray named the river "presumably after an admiral of the U.S. Navy (Richard Worsam Meade) who was engaged * * * in survey work in southwest Alaska * * *" (Stuck, 1920, p. 263-264). The Eskimo name, according to John Murdoch of Ray's party, was "Kulugrua, second large river east of Point Barrow (Meade)" Ray, (p. 55). On a 1925 field sheet by Gerald FitzGerald, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the name Kaksu River is shown applied to present-day Awuna River. This name (Kaksu) somehow migrated to the headwaters of the Meade River, and is so applied on current maps.



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