Panorama: pinyon pine and sagebrush

Title Info
Common name Pine, pinyon
Scientific name Pinus edulis
Taxonomic group Pinaceae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Grasslands, savannas
Lessons Panoramas
Date March 21, 2008
Location Cortez,Colorado,USA,North America
Panorama of Pinyon pine and sagebrush habitat in Colorado
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You may want to discuss with your students how climate factors -- precipitation, in this case -- affect the distribution of plant and animal species.

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.

This area only receives about 13 inches (33cm) of precipitation per year, too little to support a forest. Instead, this scrub habitat is dominated by shrubby sagebrush and junipers, along with slightly taller pinyon pines (many of which have died in the recent past, as can be seen here).