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High Arctic landscape on Svalbard with Mountain Avens (dryas octopetala)

High Arctic landscape on Svalbard with Mountain Avens (dryas octopetala)

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Uploaded 13 Nov 2011 by Peter Prokosch
Year: 2011
From collection: Arctic Biodiversity
Taken by: Peter Prokosch
Dryas is the name given to a series of cold climatic phases in Northwest Europe between 16,000 BP - 10,000 BP. Dryas III is better known as The Big Freeze. The cold phases are so named because Dyrus octopetala flourished at this time and is now used as a fossil indicator of those periods. Dryas octopetala has a widespread occurrence throughout mountainous areas where it is generally restricted to limestone outcrops. These include the entire Arctic, as well as the mountains of Scandinavia, ...
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