The cold desert tundras and windswept wastes that are found above the tree line on mountains, and beyond the tree line in polar regions, are among the most hostile environments on Earth. Arctic-alpines, which are the plants that live in these extreme conditions, have evolved and adapted to survive and even flourish there. This book studies in detail the ecology of arctic-alpine plants and interprets it for the benefit of the keen alpine gardener, the aim being to enable him or her to know and grow these fascinating plants better. Major topics covered include: Arctic and alpine environments; survival, growth and development; climate; the impacts of snow cover; geology and soils; chemical nutrition of alpine plants; reproduction, origins and distributions of arctic and alpine plants; impacts of global climate change on alpine plants.
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