Created 12-Jun-12
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Denali, the "High One," is the name Athabascan native people gave the massive peak that crowns the 600-mile-long Alaska Range. . The park including North America’s highest peak were named for former senator – later President – William McKinley.In 1980 the boundary of the park was enlarged by 4 million acres and redesignated it as Denali National Park .It exemplifies interior Alaska’s character as one of the world’s last great frontiers, its wilderness is largely unspoiled.More than 650 species of flowering plants as well as many species of mosses, lichens, fungi, algae, and others grace Denali. Only plants adapted to long, cold winters and short growing seasons can survive in this subarctic wilderness. Permafrost ground underlies many areas of the park, where only a thin layer of topsoil is available to support life. After the continental glaciers retreated from most of the park 10,000 years ago, hundreds of years were required to begin building new soils and revegetation.

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