Safety Sound, Nome-Council Highway

Safety Sound, Nome-Council Highway

by | Jun 17, 2020

Safety Sound is a lagoon that extends for 9 miles (14.5 km) along the northern shoreline of Norton Sound, about 52 miles (84 km) west-southwest of Golovin and 20 air miles (32 km) east of Nome, Alaska. The lagoon was surveyed and named “Port Safety” in 1899 by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey.

The Safety Roadhouse is the last official checkpoint on the Iditarod Sled Dog Trail before the finish in Nome. In the days when dog teams were an essential mode of transportation for supplies and people, roadhouses were built along trails about a one-day travel distance apart. The Safety Roadhouse is 22 miles (35 km) from Nome along the Nome-Council Highway.

The Nome-Council Highway runs for 72 miles (116 km) connecting the villages of Council and Nome. The road travels east from Nome, following the shore of the Bering Sea past Safety Sound until it reaches the ghost town of Solomon. From there, the route travels northeast through the interior of the Seward Peninsula before it terminates on the south bank of the Niukluk River, south of Council. The route is unpaved for its entire length and becomes impassable for automobiles in the winter outside of Nome. The portion of the road between Nome and Solomon passes several historic sites associated with the Iditarod Trail and the area’s gold mining history. Read more here and here. Explore more of Safety Sound here:

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This ‘warming stripe’ graphic is a visual representation of the change in global temperature from 1850 (top) to 2021 (bottom). Each stripe represents the average global temperature for one year. The average temperature from 1971-2000 is set as the boundary between blue and red. The color scale goes from -0.7°C to +0.7°C. The data are from the UK Met Office HadCRUT4.6 dataset. 

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