Alpine Ecosystem

by | Apr 17, 2020 | Ecosystem

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The alpine ecosystem is a mosaic of habitats all connected byt a cold extreme climate. Geologically these rocky habitats are constanly evolving from a breakdown of the substrate that make up this unique region. Each of these micro habitats has different characteristcs and is home to different animals and plants.

Krummholz

From the German term for ‘crooked wood’ this region describes the zone where trees can no longer survive

Boulder Fields

Areas of large rocks usually at the base of steep cliffs. Although apparently bare these large rocks form shelter for many plants and animals. 

Talus

Where largere boulders have broken down is a zone of talus or scree. Lose shifting rocks are a challenging habitat for establishment of soil and so vegetation is scarce.

Fellfields

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Alpine turf meadows

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Snowbeds

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