Dying Piñon Pine

Image: Dying Piñon Pine

Detailed Description

A massive forest die-off is projected to occur more frequently in the Southwest. Piñon pines, normally evergreen, have reddish-brown foliage in October 2002 (left). By May 2004 (right), the dead piñon pines have lost all their needles, exposing gray trunks and branches. The photos were taken from the same vantage point near Los Alamos, N.M. Forest drought stress is strongly correlated with tree mortality from poor growth, bark beetle outbreaks, and high-severity fire.

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Image Dimensions: 2101 x 1495

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Location Taken: Los Alamos, NM, US