Earth Science

Covering over six million acres, Denali offers a diverse and interesting landscape.

Learn more about the following earth science topics, or browse the in-depth articles below.

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    A quick overview of the natural history that formed what we know today as Denali National Park - and glimpses at changes that might happen in the near and distant future. Read more

  • a helicopter parked on a rocky ridge, rugged mountains in the distance

    Denali lies in the heart of earthquake country, and visitors may be treated to a ground shaking experience. Scientists, on the other hand, view the park as a natural laboratory for studying earthquakes and tectonics. One of the most interesting questions is to understand why the Kantishna cluster is more active than the other major features in the area, including the Denali fault. Read more

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    Mountain Building in the Alaska Range

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    Alaska isand has been for millions of yearsone of the most geologically active regions of North America. Read more

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    Series: Alaska Park Science - Volume 5, Issue 1

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    This issue includes studies of Denali's moose, wolves, soundscapes, earthquakes, and more! Read more

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    Studying the Active Boundary of Tectonic Plates

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    Alaska is well known for its rugged terrain and numerous natural hazards. It is arguably one of the most active and interesting places for geologists and geophysicists to study the Earth’s dynamics, including the processes that control plate tectonics. Read more

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