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Trembling Aspens

 
 
Trembling Aspens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 29, 2015
1. Trembling Aspens Marker
Inscription.
Roots of Survival
The secret of an aspen grove lies hidden beneath the ground. Aspens rarely grow from seeds but spring up abundantly from the roots of their parent. These young shoots are connected to each other underground by an extensive root system and are genetically identical! This method of reproduction is called “cloning.”

Aspens are masters of cloning. Their clones can cover several acres and sometimes live for thousands of years.

Why Do Aspens Tremble?
Trembling. Quaking. Quivering. These words have all been used to describe Populus tremuloides. Aspen leaves flutter in the slightest breeze because of how they are built. Their slender petioles – the stems on each leaf – are flat and at a right angle to the leaf surface. Consequently, the leaves quiver as they catch the wind.

When aspens tremble, light reflects from each shiny leaf, causing the entire grove to shimmer.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 44° 57.651′ N, 110° 33.994′ W. Marker is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker can be reached from Upper Grand Loop Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located
Trembling Aspens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 29, 2015
2. Trembling Aspens Marker
on the Forces of the Northern Range Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Yellowstone National Park WY 82190, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Seasons of the Range (here, next to this marker); Fire – A Fundamental Force (within shouting distance of this marker); What’s Blooming? (within shouting distance of this marker); The Forest that Needs Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); The Land Tells the Story (within shouting distance of this marker); Wolf Tracks (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Wildlife Paradise (about 300 feet away); Glacial Boulder (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
 
More about this marker. Photographs of aspen leaves and of the trunk of an aspen tree appear on the right of the marker. The second photo has a caption of “Elk and deer browse on aspen bark scarring the trunks.” Branches, leaves and cones from an aspen tree are on a display on the left of the marker.
 
Categories. Horticulture & ForestryNatural Features
 
Trembling Aspens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 29, 2015
3. Trembling Aspens Marker
Trembling Aspens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 29, 2015
4. Trembling Aspens Marker
Aspen trees can be seen behind the marker.
Markers on the Forces of the Northern Range Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 29, 2015
5. Markers on the Forces of the Northern Range Trail
There are two markers at this location. The Trembling Aspens marker is seen here on the left.
Trembling Aspens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 29, 2015
6. Trembling Aspens Marker
Northern Range Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 29, 2015
7. Northern Range Trail
Marker is located on the Forces of the Northern Range Trail.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 137 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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