2005 GLORIA team on 12,000' summit on Sheep Mountain. Note the light-colored soils derived from Reed Dolomite parent rock. T
he other two 2005 summits are at 11,800' and 11,400'.
The three summits surround the Patriarch Grove of Bristlecone Pines (Pinus longaeva) See 2005 poster for more info
3 additional summits in 2005 The four 2004 White Mountain summits were carefully chosen to represent the elevation gradient from just below treeline to the high alpine, on dark-colored soils with granitic or metavolcanic parent rock material (see GLORIA map). This summer (2005) the GLORIA team installed 3 additional summits on light colored soils with carbonate rock parent material (Reed Dolomite formation). The vegetation cover is quite different on the light colored soils, and includes the famous Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest (Pinus longaeva).Preliminary results from the 3 summits will be presented on a poster which will be exhibited at the 2005 American Geophysical Union (AGU) meetings in San Francisco in December 2005. A copy of the poster will be made available on this web page as soon as it is prepared.
Master site WMRS is also discussing plans for expanding the monitoring to include other transects and monitoring methods. WMRS may host a "Gloria Master Site" which explores climate change issues in greater depth and detail. One proposed sampling innovation will focus on quantifying the distribution of some of the more rare plant species, which are predicted to be more sensitive to climate change.
Butterfly Count One of the first efforts to look at faunal composition at and near the GLORIA summits was to initiate an annual butterfly count in the White Mountains. Following protocols developed by the North American Butterfly Association, this information will be gathered in Late July each year and published by NABA. Habitats near the GLORIA summits will be included in the annual sampling protocol, including meadows, fell fields, sage scrub, and riparian areas. The first year's count, conducted during cloudy weather, yielded 163 butterflies belonging to 13 species. See WM butterfly count web pages for details.