Contact: Janet Lathrop
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Caption: Cheatgrass (yellow) in the foreground, dominate only about 6 percent of the Great Basin, but the average fire size is larger than in other ecosystems dominated by sage or pinyon, for example.
Credit: Mike Pellant, Bureau of Land Management
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