How can buildings and infrastructure present challenges in Alaska?

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Filip Laszczowski

Alaska's Northern geographical location implies that its weather conditions are extremely challenging. This means that the average temperature between November and March is -18 degrees Celsius. Therefore, low temperatures form many infrastructural buildings to freeze, which directly slows down the construction of present developments and forms transport difficulties for the local residents.

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Because of the state's climatic conditions. The extreme cold renders the ground difficult to dig into while also being potentially damaging for some building materials due to increased exposure to not just cold hazards (e.g blizzards, avalanches etc) but also weathering processes (such as freeze-thaw) as well. The risks associated with building/infrastructure projects in Alaska consequently impacts the price of such projects too.

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Alaska's unique environmental conditions and vast landscape present several challenges related to buildings and infrastructure. Basically; Extreme Weather Conditions:Alaska experiences harsh weather conditions, including sub-zero temperatures, heavy snowfall, strong winds, and permafrost. Constructing and maintaining buildings that can withstand these extreme conditions is a significant challenge. Extreme cold can cause material degradation and impact the structural integrity of buildings.

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