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By G. Grabherr, L. Nagy, D. B. A. Thompson (auth.), Dr. Laszlo Nagy, Prof. Dr. Georg Grabherr, Prof. Dr. Christian Körner, Prof. Dr. Desmond B. A. Thompson (eds.)

The United international locations convention at the atmosphere and improvement (UNCED), held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, spawned a mess of professional­ grammes geared toward assessing, coping with and holding the earth's organic variety. One very important factor addressed on the convention used to be the mountain setting. a particular characteristic of excessive mountains is the so-called alpine area, i. e. the treeless areas on the uppermost reaches. notwithstanding masking just a very small percentage of the land floor, the alpine quarter features a rela­ tively huge variety of crops, animals, fungi and microbes that are specifi­ cally tailored to chilly environments. This sector contributes essentially to the planet's biodiversity and gives many assets for mountain living in addition to lowland humans. in spite of the fact that, speedy and mostly man-made adjustments are affecting mountain ecosystems, comparable to soil erosion, losses of habitat and genetic range, and weather swap, all of that have to be addressed. As acknowledged within the ecu neighborhood Biodiversity process, "the worldwide scale of biodiversity relief or losses and the interdependence of other species and ecosystems throughout nationwide borders calls for concerted foreign action". coping with biodiversity in a rational and sustainable means wishes easy wisdom on its qualitative and quantitative elements at neighborhood, neighborhood and international scales. this is often quite real for mountains, that are allotted through the international and are certainly sizzling spots of biodiversity in absolute phrases in addition to relative to the encompassing lowlands.

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1 Diff. 1. 1999 versus 2000 comparison of July and August ground temperatures e:: ro' ~ N rt p; rt '"t:I V' ::l p.. Il> '"::lrt E.. Il> '"t:I '-< :< rt ::l .... " 00 ..... 2 Temperature Extremes Ground temperature minima and maxima showed a substantial variation from site to site with no latitudinal trend (Fig. 4). The variation in minima was likely to be associated with variable snow cover. From these data we can conclude that any of the sites (perhaps with the exception of the Scottish Highlands because of their maritime climate) may at one time experience ground temperatures as low as -13 DC at 10 cm belowground.

Haapasaari 1988; Virtanen et al. 1999b): orohemiarctic (upper treeline ecotone), lower oroarctic (low alpine), middle oro arctic (middle alpine) and upper oroarctic (high alpine}. An additional subnival zone is present on some high peaks. The orohemiarctic zone is characterised by scattered mountain birch and dwarf birch (Betula nana) heaths, scattered individual trees, grey willow scrub (Salix lapponum, S. glauca and S. lanata) and abundant Vaccinium myrtillus heath. In the lower oro arctic zone, V.

South of the Alpic system (sensu Ozenda 1985) or mid-latitude high mountains, further extensive mountain systems occur. These include the mountains of the Central Meseta in Spain, the southern Pyrenees, most of the Apennines, the mountains of Corsica, and the mountains of the Balkan Peninsula (such as parts of the Dinarids, and the Rhodopi and Rila mountains), which are neither temperate nor typically Mediterranean (Fig. 1). Each of these sub-Mediterranean mountains has its specific character. The forests at the treeline ecotone are often deciduous (Fagus sylvatica, Alnus viridis ssp.

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