Fact Sheets

Fact Sheets about Research and Resource Management

Engage in learning about research results by exploring Denali's resource fact sheets. Scroll down to view all the topics currently available (listed by category). Be sure to consider the entire list as some fact sheets contain information relevant to more than one category (e.g., The Rivers and Streams fact sheet summarizes the physical characteristics of types of rivers and streams, and also includes information about riparian vegetation and macroinvertebrates).


List of Fact Sheets in Chronological Order of Production
(includes how to cite a fact sheet)


Fact Sheets for Kids


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Visitor Characteristics and Social Science

Climate Change:

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  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Beavers Across Denali’s Hydrologic Landscape

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    Learn more about nature's chief engineer! Read more

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Bull River Prehistoric Upland Hunting Site

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    Artifacts suggest prehistoric humans hunted throughout upland areas of Denali over 12,000 years ago. Finds like these help researchers test hypotheses about how humans colonized the Americas. Read more

  • Climate-related Vegetation Changes in the Subarctic

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    The vast landscapes of interior Alaska are changing: Large glaciers are melting and rapidly receding up valleys, ancient permafrost is degrading and turning frozen soils into soupy gelatin, woody vegetation is spreading dramatically into open areas, and boreal ponds and wetlands are shrinking. Read more

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Composing Human Waste From Mount McKinley with Worms

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    What started out as reeking and gross bags of fecal waste from mountaineersafter a radical transformation by wormsended up as a safe nutrient-rich product. . Recycling human waste reduces the environmental impacts of accumulating wastes or the problem of transporting them, and yields a pathogen-free fertilizer that could enhance local agriculture. Read more

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Debris Slide Across Denali Park Road (2013)

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    Many areas in Denali are prone to debris slides and other mass movements because they contain steep slopes and frozen sediment or soil layers that can thaw. Sometimes movements are gradual (months or years) and sometimes massive blocks of material can detach and fall from a hillside quickly (minutes or seconds). Thanks to past and ongoing science and engineering efforts to ensure the safety of visitors and staff, relatively few events like a major 2013 slide have occurred. Read more

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