9781555662806

Song of the Alpine : The Rocky Mountain Tundra Through the Seasons

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  • ISBN13:

    9781555662806

  • ISBN10:

    1555662803

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-10-01
  • Publisher: Big Earth Pub
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Summary

Celebrating her life-long love for the "land above the trees, " author Joyce Gellhorn takes readers on a season-by-season tour of the alpine tundra. With clear, readable prose and 140 beautiful color photographs (from her collection that spans some twenty-five years), Gellhorn reveals the subtle wonders of this haunting landscape. The plants and animals that populate this often harsh and unforgiving environment have evolved remarkable strategies for survival in their high mountain home. Faced with bitter cold, scouring winds and fierce storms, they must somehow hold on and still find water and nourishment. Gellhorn tells us how they do it, and the intricacies and precariousness of these strategies are astonishing.

The high country of the Colorado Rocky Mountains has been a destination and a home for Joyce Gellhorn for more than fifty years, including some twelve years spent living with her family at the University of Colorado's research station, Science Lodge -- a log cabin at 9,500 feet. Like the snow that would sift through the chinks in the cabin, the alpi

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Part 1: Introduction
Prelude
3(4)
The Rocky Mountain Alpine Tundra
7(12)
Part 2: Shivering Summer
A Short, Frost-Free Season
19(12)
Diminutive Plants and Pollinators
31(24)
An Allegro of Activity
55(22)
Part 3: Unpredictable Autumn
A Cadenza of Color
77(10)
Some Leave, Others Endure
87(12)
Part 4: Brutal Winter
A Fortissimo of Storms
99(10)
Snow and More Snow
109(18)
Coping with Winter
127(16)
Part 5: Is This Spring?
A Cacophony of Change
143(10)
Spring Stresses to Animals
153(10)
Part 6: People in the Alpine
Native Americans
163(14)
Mapmakers, Miners, and Road Builders
177(22)
Restoring Harmony
199(50)
Part 7: Appendices
A. Communities in Colorado's Alpine Tundra
219(20)
B. Glossary
239(4)
C. Selected Bibliography
243(6)
Credits 249(2)
Index 251

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