This remote Alaskan village could disappear under water within 10 years - here's what life is like there

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This remote Alaskan village could disappear under water within 10 years - here's what life is like there

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Kivalina is a remote Alaskan village that needs to be relocated due to climate change.

Located 80 miles north of the Arctic Circle and 1,000 miles northwest of Anchorage, the remote Alaskan village of Kivalina is literally melting under the weight of climate change.

The barrier island has been disappearing under water over the last decade, as the warming ocean causes sea levels to rise and powerful storm surges to eat away at the beach. The US Army Corps of Engineers has said Kivalina will no longer be habitable within 10 years.

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The future for residents is uncertain. President Barack Obama recommended a budget of $400 million to relocate Alaskan villages like Kivalina in 2016, but Congress has not approved it. 

These photos from the Associated Press and photographers Corey Arnold, Zoë White, and Vlad Sokhin, who shared their beautiful images to Instagram, offer a glimpse of life in Kivalina.