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by | Apr 18, 2020 | Alpine Environment

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The arctic and the alpine tundra both have a characteristically cold climate, with most precipitation in the form of snow. In the Colorado Rockies that is about 60 inches per year.
High winds speeds are almost constant and there is a very short growing season in which plants have to flower and set seed. Cold summers unite arctic and alpine ecosystems.

Micro climates are extremely important where small sheltered pockets provide respite from winds. Snow pockets form a protective layer for plant growth compared to the ridge tops where snow may not accumulate and the ground is exposed to freezing temperatures.

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