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Mosca in Alamosa County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Sangre de Cristo Ecosystem

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

 
 
Sangre de Cristo Ecosystem Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 1, 2008
1. Sangre de Cristo Ecosystem Marker
Inscription.
Different Life Zones Exist in the Mountains

Imagine climbing the mountain in front of you. You might notice it gets cooler as you ascend. As the temperature drops, moisture in the air condenses, precipitation increases, and creates different life zones.

The Alpine Life Zone
Only low shrubs and a few hardy plants can survive this cold, windy climate.

The Subalpine Life Zone
These dense, moist forests consist of spruce and subalpine fir trees.

The Montane Life Zone
Aspen trees mark moist locations. Ponderosa Pines are typical of drier sites in this live zone.

The Foothills Life Zone
Pinons and junipers dominate this dry shrub ecosystem.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 37° 43.974′ N, 105° 30.738′ W. Marker is in Mosca, Colorado, in Alamosa County. Marker can be reached from Highway 150. Click for map. The marker is located near the parking lot in front of the Visitor Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11999 Highway 150, Mosca CO 81146, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured
The Parking Lot and the Mountain image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 1, 2008
2. The Parking Lot and the Mountain
as the crow flies. The Mountain Barrier (within shouting distance of this marker); Zebulon Pike's "sand-hills" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stepping into Wilderness (approx. half a mile away); A Landmark for People (approx. 2.2 miles away); "Totally Unique and Unexpected" (approx. 3.2 miles away).
 
Categories. EnvironmentNatural Features
 
Entrance to the Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 1, 2008
3. Entrance to the Park
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 382 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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