Establishing a missing link: Warm summers and winter snow cover promote shrub expansion into alpine tundra
The Sugarloaf Fire near Ute Pass burned an estimated 300 acres and is moving toward the high alpine tundra
. Grand County officials believe the fire was ignited by a lightning strike Wednesday night.
Muted tones ripple across this shawl just as they do across an alpine tundra
or Swedish glacier.
The real challenge in hunting Southeast Alaska is getting from the ocean up to the alpine tundra
, because the only way to reach timberline is to climb--through two or three miles of brush, devil's club, and head-high ferns.
Vermejo Park Ranch, New Mexico Owned by media mogul and conservationist Ted Turner, this property, a 585,000-acre expanse of terrain ranging from shortgrass prairie to alpine tundra
, offers themed photography packages three times a year.
On another adventure, we will be taken 12,000 feet into the alpine tundra
to enjoy a casual 29-mile downhill bike ride through many of the park's ecosystems.
Scrambling to the top of one of its 77 adrenaline-pumping peaks over 12,000 feet and gazing out at a toothy tableau of snowcapped ridges and spring green alpine tundra
, the park's signature feature, is a top-of-the-world moment.
A political drama set in Copenhagen sounds about as featureless as alpine tundra
, and perhaps many of us would flick past it.
From the tree-less geography of alpine tundra
dominated by arid and dwarf-sized shrubs to Loja, where the dry lands open up to green valleys and fertile farm lands.
Bighorn are primarily grazers, feeding in meadows, open woodland, and alpine tundra
. However, they will also eat forbs (herbaceous plants) in the summer and browse in the winter.