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Alpine Life Zone: Seasons, Plants, & Animals
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Alpine Life Zone General Information

General Information

Alpine Life Zone Through the Seasons

Through the Seasons

Altitude Sickness and Sunburns

Altitude Sickness & Sunburns

Alpine Life Zone Awesome Adaptations Awesome Adaptations

Alpine Life Zone Plants


Alpine Life Zone Mammals


Alpine Life Zone Birds


Reptiles & Amphibians
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Alpine Life Zone General Information

    The Alpine life zone's elevation is from about 11,500 feet above sea level and higher. It is so cold and windy that it is above tree line (above where trees no longer grow). Even with its harsh, cold, windy weather and steep rocky slopes, plants and animals find a way to live there, click on extreme weather to learn more.

    The major landform here is the Continental Divide (a series of tall mountains that zigzags north-south through central part of Colorado).The Continental Divide of the Rocky Mountains splits the way water flows in the United States. Everything east of the tall chain of mountains flows to the east and everything west flows west. It has many peaks with elevations higher than 14,000 ft above sea level, with the highest being Mt. Elbert at 14,433 ft above sea level.

The Alpine Life Zone 11,500 ft. Above Sea Level and Higher
Alpine Life Zone
Alpine in the Spring Alpine Life Zone
Alpine Life Zone in the Spring
The summer like weather is very short.
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