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Vernal Pool by Jim Baines

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Enchanted Rock State Nature Area

Enchanted Rock is Central Texas's most intriguing and enigmatic natural landmark. Rising from the surrounding oak savana amid a chain of rugged granite hills, the massive granite dome rises 325 feet from base to sumimit and covers a one square mile area. Visitors approaching Enchanted Rock are offered a sudden and spectacular panorama of this remarkable attraction. Within the park's 1,643 acres are over 500 species of plants. Over 100 of these inhabit the vernal pools, weathered pits which impound soil and water on the summit of Enchantedd Rock and the surrounding outcrops. The vernal pools are delicate ecosystems, supporting a unique invertebrate, the Fairy Shrimp. Whether the pools appear as bare rock depressions or filled with plant life, all the pools are in a process of evolution which has required thousands of years. In their dormant state the Fairy Shrimp appear as dust.

Uploaded on 12/20/2012 5:52:01 AM
Made with Nikon D700 Digital SLR Camera

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