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Appalachian Excursion in 2005!

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Exposed rocks
Here you can see that the site is actually on a mild slope where groundwater is squeezed to the surface. It is very interesting to look at how rapidly the moisture and soil conditions vary throughout the seep. Some parts have a conventional looking soil structure, but just adjacent might be big exposed chunks of quartz. Next to that might be a deep puddle or a sheet of Sphagnum. Can you see the big sheet of Sphagnum, brown and green, around the clump of pitchers in the mid-foreground?

It's interesting to compare this image to one I took of almost the exact same area on a previous trip. The rocks in that photograph are the same as the higher cluster in the above image.

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Revised: October 2007
©Barry Rice, 2005