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Denali Fault near the Richardson Highway

The pipeline was engineered to rest on "shoes," supports that allow for shifting in the earth without damaging the pipeline. Here, where it crossed the Denali Fault near the Richardson Highway at Mile 216, extra-long shoes were installed. Steve McCutcheon photo. Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

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