• pond surrounded by green brush, reflecting a distant range of snow-covered mountains that are dominated by one massive mountain

    Denali

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Environmental Factors

Denali's Natural Features

Check out a subjective list of Denali's "top ten" natural features, or browse the pages listed below to learn more about this spectacular land protected as Denali National Park and Preserve, and how humans define, protect, and - at times - damage this fragile part of the natural world.


Earth Sciences

  • Weather
  • Geology - Discover information on the park's geology, geologic activity and mountain formation.
  • Glaciers - Learn about the study of glaciers in Denali, and find information on some of the most commonly visited glaciers in the park
  • Landslides -
  • Fossils - In recent years, numerous fossils - particularly, fossilized dinosaur footprints - have been found throughout the park.
  • Fire Regime


Humans and the Land

 

Did You Know?

a lake reflecting a tree-covered hill

The vast landscapes of interior Alaska are changing. Large glaciers are receding, permafrost is melting and woody plants are spreading. Comparison of "then-and-now" photographs and data from major vegetation monitoring should allow detection, understanding and potential management of these changes.