"Respect That Black Stuff On the Ground" Top 5 Page for this destination Canyonlands National Park Favorite Tip by KimberlyAnn

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Favorite thing: In some areas the ground in Canyonlands National Park is covered with a fragil cryptobiotic crust. This looks like black, crunchy soil, but is actually a living community of lichens, moss, fungi, algae, and cyanobacteria that is very important to the health of the soil and the growth of plants within the environment. They protect the soils from wind and water erosion, as well as enriching them with nutrients such as nitrogen. These crusts grow very slowly, however they can be quickly destroyed if stepped on. For this reason please stay on the marked trails and slickrock. For more information on this cryptobiotic crust see the following web page: nps.gov/cany/nature/soils.htm

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  • Written Jul 16, 2004
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