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small in a big world

September 20, 2013

small in a big world

Vegetation at 64° N is short, dense and tenacious. Diverse plant species make the most of 2 or 3″ of topsoil covering iron-rich rock and sand, holding their ground in scouring wind, and finding homes in the most vulnerable of niches.

Where it has been disturbed by feet or machines, the ground crumbles. Without those dense, intertwining roots to hold it in place, hillsides gradually fall away.

Tiny underfoot on the vast tundra, small enough to overlook unless you squat right down with them, these interconnected plants are incredibly resilient. That’s the power of community!

 

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