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Fountain Paint Pot Tour


Lodgepole Pines

These dead lodgepole pine trees are pioneers that did not survive. Establishing a toehold in thin new soil, they enriched it through natural recycling of minerals and organic material. In time the increasing humus would have nurtured a mature forest - if the trees hadn't drowned when nearby hot springs shifted. Silica also penetrated the trees and hardened their bases. Will lodgepoles ever grow again in this area? Perhaps. Time will tell.

Fountain Paint Pot Nature Trail Tour

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