In contrast to the biodiversity exhibited in last week’s image from Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the landscapes of the far north feature large numbers of individual plants and animals, but a much more limited biodiversity–i.e., a more limited number of species. Nevertheless the species that are present can put on a display of autumn color, rolled out on the tundra like a carpet, that can rival that of the more temperate forest canopy. This view from Denali National Park shows the Alaska Range rising out of the colorful hills and river valleys of the park. This location is near the well-named Polychrome Pass. Click on image to enlarge.