Wednesday, June 18, 2008

ABC Wednesday - V


V is for Vernal Pool



This is the definition of a Vernal Pool: A vernal pool is seasonal pool that is present in the spring and dries up in late spring or summer. It doesn't have water in it again until winter rains recreate the pool. This makes it fundamentally different from a year-round lake. In particular, fish are absent, since they require year-round water.



Here, in Murrieta, we have a wonderful example, the Main Pool on the Mesa de Colorado. This is the largest and best vernal pool at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. Some years there is no pool at all, no rain means no water; not water equals no pool.


Here are some more photos of the Vernal Pools:






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7 comments:

Helena said...

That must be a great habitat for so many things!

& What a good idea for "V"!

Berit said...

Great V photo!

Katney said...

I should visit this wehn I stay with my brother--but of course, it will be late summer and the pools will undoubtedly be gone.

lisa marie said...

I wondered what you'd come up with for these hard letters. Great job! :) You like this place, huh. :)

Neva said...

Something I have not heard of....nice one.

Powell River Books said...

Another new thing to learn today. I bet there are quite a few vernal pools in the Murrieta area. It gets pretty hot in the summer. My mom used to live in Sun City near there. Now we all live in the north where it is cooler. I chose V is for vegetables from my floating garden. I invite you to come see. -- Margy

Petunia said...

I wouldn't actually take a bath in that pool but it is a great V post:)

Petunia's ABC

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