The terrain started as Taiga, but the further north we got the more it became the Alpine tundra. The highway parrelles the pipeline for the most part.
Once the terrain became more of Tundra like we stopped to walk around on it. Ott, E was excited to see the Permafrost Soil condition from the Gelisol soil order as now he has been on all 12 soil orders. (That's a Soil Scientist thing.) As we were walking around on the Tundra it felt a little squishy underneath. That was due to the soil still be frozen a couple of inches underneath the surface and the types of plants like Lichens that grow there have shallow roots. (For those of you who watch Ice Road Truckers we stopped near Beaver Slide to take this picture.)