Footprint damage to biocrusts

Photo of footprint damage to biocrusts.

Detailed Description

Many human activities can be unintentionally harmful to biological crusts. The biocrusts are no match for the compressional stress caused by footprints of livestock or people or tracks from vehicles.

Arid and semiarid ecosystems are expected to experience significant changes in temperature and precipitation patterns, which may affect soil organisms in ways that cause surfaces to become lighter in color and thus reflect more sunlight, according to a new USGS study. 


Image Dimensions: 4256 x 2832

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Location Taken: UT, US