Daytrippers’ Giant’s Footprint Field Notes

This is the Giant’s Footprint. This was the pothole that we gathered field notes on. The potholes dimensions are 300 feet by 55 feet. In the environment of the pothole there were many different types of plants, there were shrubs, lichen and grasses. The most common shrubs in the pothole were, Sagebrush, Golden Current, Serviceberry, and Red-Osier Dogwood. In the Giant’s foot had one specific type of lichen called Pleopsidium Chlorophanum, which was a lime green lichen that grew on the rock faces. There were also many different types of grasses growing out of the base of the pothole. Those grasses included, Bluebunch Wheatgrass, Basin Wildrye, and Cheat Grass. On the talus slopes, surrounding the pothole on the North, South, and West side, there were many plants growing. On the sides of the pothole the plants seem to grow uniformly. There is an eight to ten foot dead space around the top edge of the bowl, and then grasses start to grow for about twenty feet. Shrubs start to take over the bottom of the pothole, until it meets with the grassy patch on the other side of the pothole. At the lowest point of the pothole, there seemed to be a higher density of green, living plants. This may be because this is where the ground water collects the most.

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