Biological Soil Crusts
Dinosaur's arid landscapes create an austere and beautiful scenery: low-lying plants allow for vistas that seem to go on forever and sparse vegetation reveals the form and color of the rocks. Although vegetation is sparse in this region, the floor of this high desert is rich with life.
A Living Community
Biological soil crusts--also known as cryptogamic, microbiotic, cryptobiotic, and microphytic crusts--are common in arid and semi-arid areas worldwide, and can be found in many parts of the western United States.
Benefits of Biological Soil Crusts
Don't Bust the Crust!
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Did You Know?
Dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago, but lizards are still a common sight at Dinosaur National Monument. The small, inquisitive reptiles have endured on Earth for more than 300 million years, far outlasting their giant cousins.