Sunday, November 14, 2010

Archive Photo of the Day: Pumice Desert

Pumice Desert, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
The Pumice Desert, in Crater Lake National Park, is one of the most austere landscapes you can find. For 7,700 years this place has resisted encroachment by the forest, sustained by a 300-foot-deep layer of volcanic pumice that wicks any moisture away from the surface. Only the hardiest of grasses and knotweed grow in this dry environment--and turn yellow and red, respectively, at the onset of first frost (usually late August at this elevation). It makes for beautiful scenery.

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