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Arctic and Alpine Vegetations: Similarities, Differences, and Susceptibility to Disturbance

W. D. Billings
BioScience
Vol. 23, No. 12 (Dec., 1973), pp. 697-704
DOI: 10.2307/1296827
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1296827
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Abstract

Arctic and Alpine vegetations along a latitudinal gradient from the equitorial Andean Páramos to the Polar Deserts of the Canadian High Arctic are all adapted to low daily mean temperatures during the growing season. They differ in almost all other respects: environmentally, biologically, and in their susceptibility to disturbance by man.

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