The Forests of Mount Rainier National Park [Illustrated]

The Forests of Mount Rainier National Park [Illustrated]

by Grenville F. Allen
     
 

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This edition features
• illustrations
• linked Footnotes and linked Index

Excerpt
The remarkable development of the forests about the base of Mount Rainier results from climatic conditions peculiarly favorable to tree growth. The winters are mild and short. The ocean winds that pass through the gaps of the Coast Range are laden

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This edition features
• illustrations
• linked Footnotes and linked Index

Excerpt
The remarkable development of the forests about the base of Mount Rainier results from climatic conditions peculiarly favorable to tree growth. The winters are mild and short. The ocean winds that pass through the gaps of the Coast Range are laden with moisture which falls in the form of rain or snow on the west slope of the Cascades. The trees are nourished by this moisture through a long season of annual growth, and form an evergreen forest which is, in some respects, the most remarkable in the world. This forest, distinguished by the extraordinary size and beauty of the trees and by the density of the stand, extends into the deep valleys of the rivers which have their sources in the glaciers. On the dividing ridges and in the upper stream basins the composition and character of the forest change with the increasing severity of the climate.

The distribution of the different species of trees according to the intervals of altitude at which they occur separate the forests of the Mount Rainier National Park into different types. The lines of separation are to some extent also determined by complex conditions of slope, exposure, and moisture. The successive forest belts are uniform in the composition of their central areas, but blend and overlap where they come together.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013869134
Publisher:
VolumesOfValue
Publication date:
12/20/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

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