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Alpine lichens (Ist of 2) (1st of 2)

Alpine lichens (Ist of 2)

The crustose lichen Rhizocarpon geographicum has been used to calculate the age of some glacial moraine surfaces. By measuring the diameter of the largest lichens on a moraine, and by knowing how much the diameter increases each year, scientists can calculate how long the area has been free of ice cover.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Lichens - Lichens in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 April 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007