By Thomas P. Huber
Colorado: where of Nature the character of position is a well timed normal historical past of Colorado that appears at quite a few environments in the nation and the way they've been altered by means of human intervention. The twelve environments offered are certain but consultant samples of the wildlife of Colorado and have been selected no longer for his or her recognition yet for his or her pristine personality. Their destinations variety from the sweeping grasslands and wide river valleys of the jap plains to the extra rugged terrain of the montane and subalpine lifestyles zones.
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11). 4. The Subalpine Life Zone (9,500é to 11,500é). This is quite often the most heavily timbered life zone with its large, uniform stands of Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir. 12). 5. The Alpine Life Zone (above 11,500é). Here we find the alpine tundra, the land above the trees, where only low-lying vegetation can survive the cold and drying winds that never seem to cease. 13). 6. The Upper Sonoran Life Zone (6,000é to 7,000é). The upper Sonoran can be found in the far west and southwest of the state, where precipitation is low and semidesert conditions exist.
Evans is the thirteenth tallest mountain in Colorado and lies just east of the Continental Divide. The paved road to the top of the mountain allows easy access to the world above treeline, a world that can offer a new and exhilarating perspective of Earth. It would be a simple matter to become mesmerized by the 100-mile views from the summit of Mt. 1), but a profusion of other important environmental features characterize the area. Amid the literally breathtaking heights lies one of the largest herds of Rocky Mountain goats in Colorado and an equally large herd of bighorn sheep.
The power of water and wind and the pull of gravity create a delicate balance that produces the erosion and deposition cycles. But gravity, too, is an agent of erosion itself. The mass wasting in landslides, mudflows, rock falls, and snow avalanches is predominantly generated by gravity. The Southern Rocky Mountain province is especially vulnerable to mass-wasting processes because of the dramatic relief and steep slopes inherent in the high mountains. But for sheer scenic production in the mountains of Colorado, for majestic vistas, ice is king.
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