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Take a Closer Look...Alpine/Subalpine Life Zone

 
 
Take a Closer Look...Alpine/Subalpine Life Zone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Charles T. Harrell, July 1, 2011
1. Take a Closer Look...Alpine/Subalpine Life Zone Marker
Inscription. Alpine and subalpine tundra is the low-growing vegetation found in the “land above the trees.” At this high elevation, the climate is harsh with searing winds, intense sunlight and frigid temperatures that limit the growing season. In spite of these conditions, an amazing array of hardy, yet fragile, wildflowers thrive at elevations above 11,000 feet. Look for bright blue alpine forget-me-nots, bold yellow sunflowers, and other tundra plants that are well-adapted to the weather extremes of the high country. The animals that live at this altitude have also adapted to the rugged alpine environment. The flexible hooves of the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep enable it to easily climb on rocky slopes. The yellow-bellied marmot spends most of the warmer months eating to prepare for its long, winter hibernation. In contrast, the pika stores food in underground dens and remains active all winter.
 
Location. 38° 55.301′ N, 105° 1.549′ W. Marker is near Colorado Springs, Colorado, in El Paso County. Marker is on Pike's Peak Toll Road. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Crystal Reservoir Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: Cascade CO 80809, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies
Nature Markers at Crystal Reservoir image. Click for full size.
By Charles T. Harrell, July 1, 2011
2. Nature Markers at Crystal Reservoir
. Well-traveled Water (here, next to this marker); Test Your Bird I.Q. (here, next to this marker); The Making of America's Mountain (here, next to this marker); A Mountain of Many Names (here, next to this marker); Take a Closer Look...Foothills Life Zone (here, next to this marker); Take a Closer Look...Montane Life Zone (here, next to this marker); Pick a Climate (here, next to this marker); Welcome to America’s Mountain (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colorado Springs.
 
Categories. AnimalsHorticulture & Forestry
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 540 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 10, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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