Dead Zone

Not sure why but all of these trees are dead. No evidence of fire. They are just dead from whatever other reasons. There are whole mountain sides of them. It is very striking to see while hiking to the top of the Mount Washburn.

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8 Responses to Dead Zone

  1. mbaldelli says:

    Perhaps it was like Tunguska Event?

  2. natuurfreak says:

    Sometimes it happens and we find no answer.

  3. Maybe it is beetle kill. Pine beetles or bark beetles can take out huge swaths of forest.

  4. simon7banks says:

    Might be some kind of pollution or (if they’re all the same species or closely related) a disease.

  5. natashaski says:

    You’ll have to check my facts on this… but I believe that it has to do with the mineral deposits in the area. Do you see how the bases of the trees are white/calcified looking? In some areas of Yellowstone, the trees drink up water with minerals that calcify within the trunk of the tree, stopping any further uptake of water. I’m trying to remember facts that I learned a long time ago… so I might be a little left of center here.

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