13th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
The legacy of climate change
Fall Creek, Mineral County, Colorado, crosses Forest Road 39 at about 10,200' elevation. Sadly, this image speaks volumes about the devastation of our pine forests by the mountain pine beetle. The effects in Colorado are clear in this photograph; there are dozens of dead trees and stumps in this one frame. The proliferation of beetles is a consequence of global warming.
© Jeff Wolkove.
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||Nov. 17, 2015, 10:42 p.m.