Previous issuances in the Nature of America series were Sonoran Desert (1999), Pacific Coast Rain Forest (2000), Great Plains Prairie (2001), Longleaf Pine Forest (2002), Arctic Tundra (2003), Pacific Coral Reef (2004), Northeast Deciduous Forest (2005), Southern Florida Wetland (2006), Alpine Tundra
(2007), Great Lakes Dunes (2008) and Kelp Forest (2009).
But the star of the show is the alpine tundra
, a "world by itself in the sky," as early conservationist Enos Mills called it.
From desert flats, to alpine tundra
, mule deer inhabit a wide range of habitats.
I also loved the absorbing Plains Indian Museum - about life in an 1890 Sioux camp - and the Draper Museum of Natural History, where you travel through alpine tundra
to the plains of Wyoming.
He also includes stories of the native peoples, abandoned mining camps, massive glaciers, expanses of alpine tundra
, and enlightening explanations of pingoes, eskers, and suspect terranes.
we broke out of the insufferable rainforest onto the alpine tundra
Looking at the nation's watershed, the Continental Divide, My Water Comes From The Mountains describes the water cycle from evaporation to glacier formation to the zones of life that water passes through, including alpine tundra
, prairie, and conifer forest.
Imagine trekking amid stark landscapes of jagged mountains, alpine tundra
and desert-like badlands.
Under natural circumstances, whitebark is the premiere pine high up in the subalpine and alpine regions of our northern forests, where spruce and fir tend to dominate until only alpine tundra
can survive the wind and cold.
The fragile alpine tundra
they drove over, however, may take hundreds of years to recover.
Woodlands, Alpine tundra
and high desert are included in the study transect, a series of scattered sites running from Snelling in the foothills, then east into the Sierra Nevada in Yosemite National Park and onward to Mono Lake.
Grizzlies, a smaller version of brown bear, can be found on Alaska's coastal and alpine tundra
as well as in its boreal forest.