Panorama: pine barrens

Title Info
Common name Pine, pitch; Blueberry
Scientific name Pinus rigida; Vaccinium
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Forests
Forests Temperate coniferous forest
Change over time Disturbance
Disturbance Fire ecology
Conservation Nature preserves
Lessons Nature preserves; Panoramas
Date June 29, 2008
Location Brendan T. Byrne State Forest,Pine Barrens,New Jersey,USA,North America
Panorama of New Jersey pine barrens, a fire-maintained ecosystem
Related materials: Panoramas
You may want to discuss with your students how different types of disturbance affect ecosystem structure and how they alter ecosystem functioning.

Panorama Viewing: Click the "View Panorama" button to see an interactive panorama. Click and drag your mouse in any direction to view other parts of the scene; press the Shift key to zoom in to see details and press Ctrl to zoom out.
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Pine barrens are dominated by just a few species, such as the pitch pine and blueberry bushes seen here. Fire is a dominant feature of this ecosystem, and these species are able to either survive fire or resprout readily afterwards. In addition, the soil is quite sandy, so although the ecosystem receives a good amount of rain each year, the water drains away quickly and plants may experience water stress.