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Snapshots

  1. Nearbynatureprocess Boundary layer

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynatureprocess Boundary layer
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine tundra, Murphy Dome, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Snow blowing across the surface of the winter snowpack kills needles and buds producing branchless tree trunks at that height. Skirts of healthy foliage near the ground are protected by snow in winter...



  2. Nearbynatureprocess Aspect

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynatureprocess Aspect
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine tundra, Murphy Dome, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    The north-facing slope (left) supports more open forest of smaller trees compared to the east-facing slope (right). The low sun angle at this latitude (65° N) allows slope aspect to be a controlling...



  3. Nearbynatureprocess Positive feedback

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynatureprocess Positive feedback
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine tundra, Murphy Dome, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Moister, deeper soil in this swale supports tall shrubs of alder, willow, and birch which add organic matter to soil. These plants trap snow which protects them from dessicating winter winds and adds...



  4. Nearbynature Shrub birch

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Shrub birch
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine tundra, Murphy Dome, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    The taller shrub is the bigger of two shrub birches; Betula glandulosa. It is surrounded by Betula nana, if you believe such distinctions.



  5. Nearbynature Snow arnica

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Snow arnica
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine tundra, Murphy Dome, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Flower of Arnica frigida



  6. Nearbynotnature US Air Force

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynotnature US Air Force
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine tundra, Murphy Dome, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Murphy Dome is the long time home of a long range radar facility.



  7. Nearbynature white spruce

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature white spruce
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine tundra, Murphy Dome, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    New needles of Picea glauca



  8. Nearbynature Map lichen

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Map lichen
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine tundra, Murphy Dome, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Yellow thallus and black perithecia of Rhizocarpon geographicum



  9. Nearbynature Bigelow's sedge

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Bigelow's sedge
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine tundra, Murphy Dome, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Leaves and dark brown flower heads of Carex bigelowii.



  10. Nearbynature Pussytoes

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Pussytoes
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine tundra, Murphy Dome, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Dense tuft of leaves and brownish flower heads of Antennaria friesiana



  11. Nearbynature Pussytoes

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Pussytoes
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine tundra, Murphy Dome, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Brownish flower heads of Antennaria friesiana



  12. Nearbynature Arctic bluegrass

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Arctic bluegrass
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine tundra, Murphy Dome, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    In the foreground are the flowers of Poa arctica (or maybe some other grass)



  13. Nearbynature Lapland diapensia

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Lapland diapensia
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine tundra, Murphy Dome, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    White flowers of Diapensia lapponica.



  14. Nearbynature Mountain-avens

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Mountain-avens
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine tundra, Murphy Dome, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Fruits and leaves of Dryas octopetala. A few are still blooming elsewhere.



  15. Nearbynature Mountain-avens

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Mountain-avens
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine tundra, Murphy Dome, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Flower and leaves of Dryas octopetala. Most are finished blooming.



  16. Nearbynatureprocess Krummholz

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynatureprocess Krummholz
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine tundra, Murphy Dome, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Stunted and deformed trees of white spruce (Picea glauca). Although black spruce (P. mariana) dominates the coldest, north-facing, permafrost underlain muskeg forests in Alaska, white spruce is the p...



  17. Nearbynature Arctic willow

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Arctic willow
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine tundra, Murphy Dome, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Leaves and female catkins of Salix arctica



  18. Nearbynature Saxifrage

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Saxifrage
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine tundra, Murphy Dome, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Pointy leaves and white flowers of Saxifraga caespitosa



  19. Nearbynature Snow arnica

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Snow arnica
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine tundra, Murphy Dome, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Yellow flowers of Arnica frigida



  20. Nearbynature Bistort

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Bistort
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine tundra, Murphy Dome, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Pink flower head of Polygonum bistorta



  21. Nearbynature Dwarf birch

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Dwarf birch
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine tundra, Murphy Dome, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Round-toothed leaves of Betula nana, or some form of B. glandulosa.



  22. Nearbynature Lousewort

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Lousewort
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine tundra, Murphy Dome, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Purple flowers of Pedicularis sudetica



  23. Nearbynature Saxifrage

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Saxifrage
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine tundra, Murphy Dome, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Reddish basal leaves and white flowers of Saxifraga caespitosa I think.