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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Boreal Forest of Alaska

I have been on a trip to the Boreal forests of Alaska.  Amazing and breathtaking are two words that describe my time in Alaska.  I also ventured above the Boreal forest to the frozen tundra above the tree line; what an experience to see the last tree on the Dalton Hwy.  There were no more trees; yet, incredibly beautiful in it's white and blue beauty.
Boreal is named after the Greek God of the North wind, Boreas.  29% of the Earth is covered in Boreal Forests.  The Boreal Forests of the world run in a band across upper North America and Eurasia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Distribution_Taiga.png#filelinks
Thank you for the map, Wikimedia!

The Aurora Borealis is an incredible phenomenon, a light display seen in the area I was visiting.  To see this light dancing in the sky over the top of the trees was one of the highlights of my life.


Some of the trees I visited with were The Red Alder.

Red Alder, Alnus rubra
photo by Robert Priddy.  www.robertpriddyphoto.com

The White Birch
Paper Birch, Betula neoalaskana

Paper Birch, Betula neoalaskana
The Black Spruce
Black Spruce, Picea mariana
Photo by Robert Priddy
http://www.robertpriddyphoto.com/

Black Spruce, Picea mariana
Photo by Robert Priddy
http://www.robertpriddyphoto.com/
 and the incredible frozen Artic Tundra, which is treeless.



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