The Alyeska pipeline is one of the most impressive feats of human engineering in the modern world. The pipeline was constructed in one of Earth’s most unforgiving environments. The pipeline links Alaska’s ice locked Prudhoe Bay in the North with Valdez on its southern coast. The 800 mile long journey, more than half of which is above ground due to permafrost, was fully constructed in just over 3 years. The pipeline crosses three picturesque mountain ranges making for some stunning photography.
The pipeline was designed and built to withstand earthquakes. It can flex as much as 20 feet laterally and 5 feet vertically in the most earthquake prone areas. Tested in 2002, with a 7.9 quake, the pipeline shifted 18′ laterally and 2.5′ vertically.