Monday, July 17, 2017

A High Mountain Lake

The high mountains of Utah and Arizona are far removed from the commonly held view of a desert. This photo of a mountain lake in the Uintah Mountains of Utah is a good example. But if you look closely, you will also see that many of the trees are dead or dying. This is a periodic problem for the Western forests of the United States. It is caused by drought stressed trees becoming infected with bark beetles. This die-off of trees contributes to some of the major forest fires we have had in Utah and Arizona in the past few years.

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