Panorama Borealis, by G. Donald Bain An Exhibition of Panoramic Photography, Palmela, Portugal, Summer 2011
|27||Tundra on Finger Mountain|
|Finger Mountain BLM Wayside on the Dalton Highway, Alaska, USA|
|September 2, 2010|
|Areas with growing seasons too short for larger plants, such as trees, to reproduce are said to be above the tree-line. The tree-line exists in two forms, altitudinal (mountain tops) and latitudinal (the far north).
The Brooks Range marks the northern tree-line, no trees grow north of its southern foothills. But even before the northern limit is reached higher plateaus and peaks push past it, as here on Finger Mountain.
The distinctive vegetation of low bushes, lichens and mosses is known as tundra. In fall several species turn red, purple, and orange, making a beautiful carpet over vast areas.
Note the gas tanker truck northbound for Deadhorse - that's not an 18-wheeler, it has 30 wheels.
|Type: 360° panorama|
|Printed dimensions: 90.0 cm wide, 30.0 cm high|
|Interactive version: VirtualGuidebooks.com/borealis/27.html|
|Virtual Guidebooks locality page: Finger Mountain and Kanuti Refuge|