Arctic alpine plants may live in ‘micro refuges’

Guardian: Arctic alpine plants may survive in small pockets of cold, disturbed ground even if rising temperatures drive them from the rest of their habitat, according to researchers. Typical Arctic alpine species, such as white Arctic mountain heather, mountain avens, and Diapensia lapponica, thrive in cold temperatures. But they're not as competitive or as responsive to changes in their environment as their lowland cousins. However, Miska Luoto of Finland's University of Helsinki says cold "micro refuges"......

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