Photographer's Note

Vegetation within Denali depends on altitude. The treeline is at 2,500 feet (760 m) leaving most of the park a vast expanse of tundra, where layers of topsoil collect on rotten fragmented rock from thousands of years of glacial activity. Predominate are mosses, ferns, grasses, and fungi growing on the tundra topsoil. 'Muskeg' describes the spongy waterlogged tussocks collecting algae, and deep pools of water solid looking moss.

Large mammals thrive in Denali. Moose feed on the aquatic plants within the tundra. Herds of caribou roam throughout, also grizzly bears and black bears, Dall sheep on mountainsides, and packs of gray wolves. Abundant smaller mammals are visible - hoary marmots, arctic squirrels, beavers, pikas, foxes, martens, lynx, wolverines, and snowshoe hares.

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Additional Photos by Ray Anderson (photoray) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1203 W: 1 N: 3169] (13981)
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