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This spatial description of the Alaska Range as relatively narrow is meaningless informal speak and does not serve to educate the the reader. Narrow relative to what? It would be much better for the editors of the article to just state approximate width of the range. Being a CT resident I do not know that off hand.
Subrhanges and overall boundaries
I added some stuff about the slightly unclear boundaries of the range, esp. in the SW. I left in the Neacola Mountains as a subrange, although I go with the interpretation that they are in the Aleutian Range, see e.g. Wood and Coombs' guide. I removed the Tordrillo Mountains since I have never seen those included as part of the range (including in the official BGN entry), and since their geology (volcanic) is completely different. If anyone has a source that includes them, or has other issues with this edit, please comment. -- Spireguy 20:43, 15 December 2006 (UTC)
- Correction: I am now more confused regarding the Tordrillos. They are not included in the BGN page for the Alaska Range, but the Tordrillo Mountains page says that they are located "at the SW end of the Alaska Range." Does this mean they are part of the Alaska Range, or not? If so, why are they not included in the Alaska Range entry? And yes, I know, the BGN/GNIS is not perfect. Comments? Other reliable sources? -- Spireguy 20:53, 15 December 2006 (UTC)
I agree with your decision to remove the Tordrillos. They are more like the northernmost Aleutian Range, but a better analogy might be to the Wrangells. Just as the Wrangells -- big volcanoes smothered in ice -- are close to, but different from, the Nutzotin and Menatastas (which really feel like the Alaska Range when you're in them), the Tordrillos have a big-volcano-smothered –in-snow-feel.
As for the where the demarcation between Aleutian and Alaska Ranges, the USGS 1:250,00 scale map, Lake Clark, suggests that the Neocolas are a subset of the Alaska Range and that the Alaska Range goes no farther than Lake Clark. Also, the Aleutians are a big string of volcanoes essentially, and the Alaska Range has a collection of plutons, so on geologic grounds my feeling would be to put the Neocolas in the AK Range. Romandial 00:30, 17 December 2006 (UTC)
It would be nice to have a map marking where this range exists within Alaska. Something similar to the map on this page: http://www.geo.arizona.edu/geo5xx/geo527/AlaskaRange/cover.html Jeffhoy 13:51, 20 February 2007 (UTC)
Wondering what others think about the addition of the Alaska Range traverses. Inserted them here because it is the kind of thing that some people want to track down -- Spireguy, any feelings on this issue? Romandial 19:38, 19 December 2006 (UTC)
Pacific Coast Ranges vs Alaska Ranges vs Alaska Range
Please see Talk:Chugach Mountains#Pacific Coast Ranges vs Alaska Ranges vs Alaska Range.Skookum1 (talk) 16:32, 24 January 2009 (UTC)