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Montane Vegetation

Montane Vegetation This land cover category covers all land where subalpine and alpine soils would be mapped - equivalent, in general terms, to land above the 'treeline'. A range of plant communities characterise this unit, from wind-clipped heather moorland at the low levels to true alpine communities on exposed summits. Areas with sparse vegetation are also present along with rock-strewn areas and patterned ground, associated with frost-heave processes, is often conspicuous.

Wind-blasted vegetation on Cairngorm plateau
Wind-blasted vegetation on Cairngorm plateau

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