Death Valley NP | Mesquite In Sand

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Death Valley Ecological Still Life: Hummock in the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

While examining the natural landscapes I observed in Death Valley, I learned two ecological terms to describe tree growth formations on small mounds.

For wet areas: a hassock is a firm clump of grass or matted vegetation in marshy or boggy ground.

For dry areas: a hammock (or hummock) is a stand of trees that forms an ecological island in a contrasting ecosystem.

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