Panorama: ponderosa pine forest

Title Info
Common name Pine, Ponderosa
Scientific name Pinus ponderosa
Taxonomic group Pinaceae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Forests
Forests Temperate coniferous forest
Lessons Panoramas
Date March 21, 2008
Location Dolores-Norwood Road,San Juan National Forest,Colorado,USA,North America
Panorama of Ponderosa pine forest in Colorado
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You may want to discuss with your students how different types of disturbance affect ecosystems, 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.
We recommend using the Deval VR viewer for seeing panoramas that do NOT have sound and the QuickTime viewer for panoramas WITH sound.

The trees in this high elevation forest (~7,600 feet or 2,300 m) are almost entirely ponderosa pines. This type of forest tends to burn on a regular basis, every few decades or more frequently, unless humans suppress fires.