Subalpine Life Zone
moist meadows. This region receives 25 to 40 inches of precipitation per year, the vast majority of which comes from snow. Indeed, the zone receives between 250 and 350 inches of snow per year.
The subalpine life zone, sometimes called the subalpine ecosystem, is a transition zone between the montane and alpine regions, the subalpine vegetation zone, which ranges from 10,000 to 11,500 feet in elevation, features thick forests, especially at lower elevations, and moist meadows.
This region receives 25 to 40 inches of precipitation per year, the vast majority of which comes from snow. Indeed, the zone receives between 250 and 350 inches of snow per year.
As a result of harsh winds at high elevation, trees growing close to 11,500 often display stunted top-level growth while forming thick forests. This phenomenon is referred to as krummholz.
Plant Communities of the Subalpine Zone
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Plants of the Subalpine Zone
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