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Cold as ice. That pretty much sums up permafrost at Gates of Arctic National Park and Preserve in Alaska. This photo from the park staff shows a wonderful example of permafrost; you can easily make out the frozen, and unfrozen, soils. With such a short summer season, much of the ground in the Arctic stays permanently frozen, creating conditions for shallow root systems and low growing plants, the park says.
Winter can come early to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, thanks to its 8,000-foot elevation. And when it does come, it can create a greeting card image with dustings of snow on the cabins that are a short walk from the colorful amphitheater.