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Tolsona Rest Stop on the Glenn Highway in Alaska

On the eastern outskirts of Tolsona, (population 27 at 1.7 square miles per person) you will find a lonely, flat pull-out along the Glenn Highway. Here, to the north, west and south, you can study the taiga: the spruce boreal forests of this region. To the east however rise the majestic Wrangell Mountains. Traffic is typically light.

The sign on the south side of the road reads:

"The Wrangell Mountains"

"On a clear day straight down the road to the east you can see the Wrangell Mts. They are [from left to right] Mt. Sanford 16,237 ft.; Mt. Drum 12,010 ft.; Mt. Wrangell 12, 163 ft.; Mt. Blackburn 18,390 ft..  Mt. Wrangle is the largest active volcano in Alaska. Since the 1964 Alaskan earthquake Mt. Wrangell has been warming up. Ice & snow that was 160 ft, deep in 1864 is now bare rock -- sometimes it reaches 180°F -- On cold clear mornings steam can be seen rising from its summit. Large as they seem the Wrangells are just the beginning of an enormous chain of tall mountains that runs into Canada."


Copyright: Tom Sadowski
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 10640x5320
Taken: 10/05/2010
Uploaded: 16/06/2010


Tags: road; highway; asphalt; tundra; spruce; wrangle; sanford; traffic; wilderness; forest; boreal; taiga
More About Alaska

Alaska is the largest state in the United States by area. It is situated in the northwest extremity of the North American continent, with Canada to the east, the Arctic Ocean to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, with Russia further west across the Bering Strait. Approximately half of Alaska's 710,231 residents (as per the 2010 United States Census) live within the Anchorage metropolitan area. Alaska is the least densely populated state of the U.S.Source:

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