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1 May 2007 Highest Treeline in the Northern Hemisphere Found in Southern Tibet
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Three new records of the highest treelines in the northern hemisphere are presented here, based on the definition of a “tree.” The tree species with the highest treeline in the northern hemisphere is Juniperus tibetica Kom. The highest forest stand is located at 4900 m in southeast Tibet. The highest tree stands of Juniperus indica Bertol. in the Himalaya were found in northern Bhutan at 4750 m. Information from such observations is decisive for the development of hypotheses on the limits of tree growth. We compare the present findings with findings on highest treelines in other mountain areas worldwide and draw some conclusions.
Georg Miehe, Sabine Miehe, Jonas Vogel, Sonam Co and Duo La "Highest Treeline in the Northern Hemisphere Found in Southern Tibet," Mountain Research and Development 27(2), (1 May 2007).
Received: 1 December 2006; Accepted: 1 March 2007; Published: 1 May 2007

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