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Feb 6 2000 Natural History Report on Sierra Nevada Trip On the first weekend of February 2000 I went on a 2-day adventure with my Environmental Science class to Sequoia National Park Located along the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in northeastern California we camped overnight in the area of Lodgepole The weather in Lodgepole was fairly mild for this time of year with overnight lows in the mid-40s The foot-hill forest there consisted of broad leave trees such as chaparral white alder willows live oaks and California Buckeye were all found in the lower altitudes of under 4000 ft The most commonly known rock types found at Lodgepole as demonstrated in the Visitor Center are schist granite and marble As we made our way up through the Giant Forest of the Sequoia the elevation reached over 5000 feet which made it possible to see some conifer tree communities We drove by white fir red fir sugar pine lodgepole pine ponderosa pine incense cedar and of course the giant sequoias We stopped to admire the trees of the Giant Forest Inside the Giant Forest lives hundreds of the worlds biggest and widest based trees These giant sequoias are the worlds most ancient tree family largest in diameter and they only grow at high altitudes making it seem as if they are reaching for the heavens with majesty grace and beauty that sequoia possesses The most electrifying moment of the sequoia trip for me was when I got to view first-hand General Sherman This giant sequoia is the worlds largest living thing and its sheer presence is very commanding when looking up toward its branches while standing by its trunk I think this was my third visit to Sequoia Park but by far the most educating ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Bibliography As we made our way up through the Giant Forest of the Sequoia the elevation reached over 5000 feet which made it
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