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Jonathan Dickinson State Park - Sand Pine Scrub

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Navigate this 360° view of sand pine scrub found along the Sand Pine Nature Trail of Jonathan Dickinson State Park. The most predominant tree within the scrub is the sand pine which has short, twisted needles and highly divided branches. Sand pines rarely reaches 100 years in age.

Generally, scrubs are communities dominated by pinewoods with an understory of oaks and saw palmetto, occupying well-drained, nutrient-poor, sandy soils. Plants that grow here have adapted to dry conditions. Fires play an important role in the life of scrubs. In the absence of fires, a hardwood forest of oak will develop.

When the photo is first loaded you are looking at a pinewood of predominately sand pine trees with an understory of green vegetation.

As you navigate through the 360-degree turn, you are surrounded by more pinewoods and a green understory.

Navigating up with your mouse, you can see a partly cloudy blue sky through the tops of the pinewood trees. Navigating down, you see the South Florida Information Access (SOFIA) web site logo, which is linked to the SOFIA main page (http://sofia.usgs.gov).

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Last updated: January 15, 2013 @ 12:44 PM (HSH)