By Thomas P. Huber
Colorado: where of Nature the character of position is a well timed typical historical past of Colorado that appears at quite a few environments in the nation and the way they've been altered by way of human intervention. The twelve environments offered are designated but consultant samples of the wildlife of Colorado and have been selected now not for his or her recognition yet for his or her pristine personality. Their destinations variety from the sweeping grasslands and extensive river valleys of the jap plains to the extra rugged terrain of the montane and subalpine lifestyles zones.
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Central Colorado lies at 39 degrees north latitude and is considered a mid-latitude location. Yet on the same day, different parts of Colorado can have temperatures similar to southern Florida and Iceland. We can have torrential rains or blizzards occurring on one side of a ridge when only a few miles away the land is suffering drought conditions. The variation is also quite dramatic diurnally and seasonally. In places like South Park and the San Luis Valley, the daytime and nighttime temperatures can vary by more than 50 degrees F in a 12-hour period.
W. , 1980. Colorado Geology, Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, Denver, Colo. Krutch, Joseph Wood, 1962. Y. Little, E. , 1980. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees: Western Region, Alfred A. Y. Page 29 Merriam, C. Hart, 1894. ''Laws of Temperature Control of the Geographic Distribution of Terrestrial Animals and Plants," National Geographic Magazine 6, pp. 229-238. , 1971. Ecology of Colorado Mountains to Arizona Deserts, Denver Museum of Natural History, Denver, Colo.
Generally, the higher the elevation the windier it gets, although the flat plains can also be an area of strong and persistent wind. The dominant wind at high altitude is from the west, but depending upon weather patterns and storm systems, winds can come from any direction. Winds along the Continental Divide and the higher peaks can probably reach speeds of up to 200 miles per hour, but exact maximum speeds are unknown because there are no wind gauges at these locations. One particularly interesting wind phenomenon is the chinook, which usually occurs in late winter or early spring when a high-pressure zone sets up over the mountains and forces air to flow eastward at high speeds.
Colorado: the place of nature, the nature of place by Thomas P. Huber