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Three teen-age Native Alaskan Inupiaq boys sit on ATV's on the beach near the Alaskan Chuchki Sea barrier island town of Kivalina on Thursday Sept. 20, 2007.  The town, which has already been evacuated once this year, is facing permanent abandonment as successive fall storms in recent years have caused serious erosion to the villages' waterfront threatening the community's homes, fuel farm, and landing strip. The effect of the storms, which have struck the area for millenia, has become ever more grave as the sea ice which once shielded the island appears later each year as the result of warming temperatures. The village's residents are split over whether the abandonment should take place or whether the community should remain at all costs. Seeing greater opportunities and attractions in larger towns further south, many of the village's youth favor abandonment.