Natural History of the Ancient Bristlecone Pine

Natural History of the Ancient Bristlecone Pine

Course Number: BPSC X423

1.5 units

This field investigation of the Great Basin Bristlecone Pine focuses on the natural and cultural history of the oldest trees in the world. The bristlecones have become known as the "trees that rewrote history" because of their role in the recalibration of the radiocarbon dating process. Among the topics covered are growth patterns, evolution, adaptations, current research on and cultural history of these 4,000-year-old conifers. Students become familiar with the principles of dendrochronology and have an opportunity to determine the age of trees through increment boring. The course blends an academic study of Bristlecone Pines and their environment with hikes, quiet moments and photographic opportunities.


No Prerequisites for this course

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