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The Nature HandbookA Guide to Observing the Great Outdoors$
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Ernest H. Williams Jr.

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179293

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179293.001.0001

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MOUNTAINS

MOUNTAINS

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(p.151) 8. MOUNTAINS
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The Nature Handbook
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Ernest H. Williams

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179293.003.0008

This chapter describes the responses of trees to elevational gradients and the characteristics of plants (and one or two animals) that must cope with cold climates on the tops of mountains. The higher the mountain, the stronger the environmental differences across the elevational gradient, and the more severe the challenges of life on top. These descriptions focus particularly on what one can see in the Rocky Mountains of the western states and the northeastern mountains of New York and New England.

Keywords:   vegetation, elevational gradients, cold, climates, Rocky Mountains, New York, New England

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