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A mountain scene in Yukon, Alaska depicts how vegetation changes from the base to the top of the mountain due to differences in elevation and topograp

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A mountain scene in Yukon, Alaska depicts how vegetation changes from the base to the top of the mountain due to differences in elevation and topography. The base of the mountain is vegetated by spruce forests. Progressing up the mountain, the forest gives way to subalpine shrub, alpine meadows, and tundra. The tops of the mountains are covered by glaciers. The mountains shown in the image are typical of areas that are protected from development because they are located in national or provincial parks. Understanding large-scale patterns of plant and animal distribution within and between these parks will enable the biota to be effectively conserved. This photograph originally appeared on the cover of Ecological Applications (15:4) in April of 2005.
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Temporal and geographic description Yukon, Alaska.
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Primary or BEN resource type
Discipline Specific Core Concepts
Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords mountain, landscape, space, elevation, gradient, topography, variation, alpine, subalpine
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Pedagogical Use Description This photograph could be used to illustrate how communities differ across an elevation gradient on a mountainside.
Primary Author Controlled Name
Primary Author Affiliation Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta

Biology Program, Wilkes University
Primary Author email rdanby@ualberta.ca, kklemow@wilkes.edu
Rights Copyright 2005 by the Ecological Society of America.
Date Of Record Submission 2008-04-09

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