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Denali National Park. Volcanoes National Park. www.personal.psu.edu/dae155. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was established in 1916. The Islands are around 70 million years old. With the summit of Mauna Loa at 13,677ft above sea level.
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Denali National Park Volcanoes National Park www.personal.psu.edu/dae155
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was established in 1916. The Islands are around 70 million years old. With the summit of Mauna Loa at 13,677ft above sea level. • Denali National Park was originally established as Mt. McKinley National Park Feb. 26, 1917. In 1976 the park was designated an international biosphere reserve.
Mauna Loa has the title of the most massive mountain on the planet. If measured from its base on the sea floor to its summit it rises up 30,000 ft. 1,000 feet higher than Mount Everest. • Mount McKinley is the highest mountain on the North American continent. With it’s highest peak at 20,320 ft.
This size comparison shows how massive Mauna Loa really is, in the picture it’s compared with Mt. Rainier who measures 14,410 ft tall.
Denali is home to over 430 species of flowering plants all of which must be adapted to live in extremely cold winters. Also many lichens and moss grow here.
Volcanoes National park covers 333,000 acres from the ocean to Mauna Loa’s summit. • Denali National park covers far more land than volcanoes park, Denali covers over 6,075,030 acres of land!
Mauna Loa is of course a volcano and was created by lava from the Earth piling up over about 70 million years. • Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range is a result of the Denali Fault which is North America’s largest crustal break. It created McKinley and the Alaska Range over 65 million years ago from the tectonic plates colliding.
Volcanoes park has over 150 miles of hiking trails giving great views of Mauna Loa and Kilauea. • Denali has about 20 miles of “strolling” trails which are relatively easy walks only about on average 2 miles long. But has unlimited hiking in the back country.
To hike in the back country of Denali you must have bear resistant food containers, 15 minute USGS topographic maps not only to keep from getting lost but it’s your responsibility to know where all of the protected areas are and to stay out of them.
www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/havo • www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/dena • www.nps.gov/mora/kids/student4.htm