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Phillip Carl dumps water into a bin in the family's home in Newtok, Alaska, on August 14, 2009

Phillip Carl dumps water into a bin in the family's home in Newtok, Alaska, on August 14, 2009. His son Abraham, 10, hauls water for his family from a treatment facility nearby. The community will need to relocate soon; the rapidly eroding banks of Ninglick River are encroaching on village homes. Photo by Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News

Marc Lester is an American staff photographer with the Anchorage Daily News. He was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. His multimedia work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association.

"In Newtok, Alaska, water is everywhere, except where it is needed in the homes of the 360 residents. Melting ice thaws the tundra beneath their feet and warps their homes. Rivers, crucial for subsistence hunting and fishing, eat away at their shores and threaten to swallow their buildings. Water sustains even while it erodes, a force too great to control. Residents temper the irony as best they can, here one bucketful at a time."