The Dempster Highway (Northbound), Yukon and Northwest Territories Canada - Summer 2008
ALL Photos © K. Dewey, School of Natural Resources, Applied Climate Sciences, UNL.
Photo Set One
|Just outside Dawson, Yukon at the start northbound of the Highway||450 miles (747 km) ) of wilderness driving.|
|Mile 0 of the Highway with Mammatus clouds and a thunderstorm!||No gasoline for 370 kilometers!!|
|A narrow wooden bridge 3 miles along the
the end of pavement
|With a mountain range barely visible in the
distance, we head
up a narrow gravel road through a forest.
|A very muddy road with lots of potholes||The road climbs into mountains about 45 minutes into the drive|
|it was cloudy, but that is typical for this area in the summer||some remaining ice in a river next to the highway|
|Although it was early July, the mid-day temperature was only 48 F||This area is cloudy about 85% of the time in Summer|
|more left over winter snow and ice as we reach the Tundra||A thaw lake. Permafrost has been melting rapidly the last decade|
|Tundra flowers||the tree line is below this elevation so it is all Tundra and permafrost|
|Tundra vegetation||although the surface is thawed, permafrost is just below the surface|
|the fragile Tundra vegetation||only a few trees survive this far north|
|Just had to stop and take a photo of the sign :)||A traffic jam on the Highway.
Most of the traffic was trucks moving supplies up north
|Note the large size rocks, we pulled over often to avoid flying rock||The dust is a nuisance and a hazard along the highway|
|The road was washed out here 2 days earlier due a thunderstorm||this was very primitive driving conditions along the highway|
|A slight increase in elevation brought us above the tree line again||Small old trees which grow only slightly each brief summer|
|A few trees trying to survive in the Arctic Tundra||Some Tundra vegetation|