Story: Natural environment

The bushline

The bushline

The bushline (or treeline) is an interesting feature of the New Zealand landscape. This photograph is taken from above the bushline: on the mountains on the other side of this South Island valley, the bushline is visible as the upper limit of the dark green beech forest. This marks the upper altitude limit of trees which gradually dwarf and then give way to subalpine scrub. Above the bushline you find the open tussock of alpine areas. The bushline becomes lower the further south you go.

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Carl Walrond, 'Natural environment - The bush and its plants', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/2677/the-bushline (accessed 21 November 2019)

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