Tetons alpine streams: unsung heroes of diversity and vulnerability
Alpine streams are the highest-elevation headwaters of major river basins like the Mississippi and Columbia. Unique ecosystems in their own right, alpine streams support a diversity of animals, plants, and microbes that thrive in cold conditions with short seasonal windows of opportunity for growth and reproduction. Indeed, most alpine streams rely on meltwater from various sources – including glaciers, snowpack, and subterranean ice – with each source type generating a unique set of environmental conditions to which the local fauna and flora are adapted. I will give an overview of alpine stream ...
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