Climate Relicts: My new story for Yale Environment 360

By Carl Zimmer | August 29, 2011 9:54 am

I’m among the 800,000 people in Connecticut without power thanks to Irene, so I won’t be blogging much for the foreseeable future. But before I get to other matters like dragging branches around, let me point you to my latest piece for Yale Enivronment 360. I take a look at a new concept called the climate relict. Around the world, there are pockets of plants and animals living hundreds of miles away from their main species ranges. They were left behind in refuges at the end of the last Ice Age, as others moved towards the poles in response to the warming climate. As the climate now warms even more, climate relicts have a lot to teach us about how to manage biodiversity. Check it out.

[Update: bad link to Yale e360 fixed]

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  1. Jim Johnson

    “The URL is not valid and cannot be loaded.” However, the link under “Check it out” at the bottom works.

    [CZ: Thanks. Link fixed.]

  2. Ian Marsman

    Ouimet Canyon and Cavern Lake in Ontario have cold microclimates that have allowed plants normally seen only in arctic tundra to survive the last retreat of the ice sheets from around Lake Superior. I have been there before and it is spectacular. To protect the delicate ecosystem at the base of Ouimet Canyon you are not allowed to go there and there is a sad lack of photos and information detailing what it is actually like down there. I did find one article though:

    http://nhic.mnr.gov.on.ca/MNR/nhic/documents/winter199697/winter9697.html

  3. Monkey

    @Ian Marsman – I, too, have witnessed the Ouimet Canyon beauty. At the time I had heard of it only as a breathtaking place and knew nothing of this mico-biome aspect. I’d like to see it again with new eyes…but your comments got me looking into it and im glad that you mentioned it. While we were driving from Toronto to Prince George in BC we drove right by the turnoff as we felt in a rush. But, I remembered the tale of the canyon and did a loop on the hwy, turned back and took the road to the canyon. Worth. Every. Moment. Ill use this new info in my bio classes in the future!

    @Carl – Damn, man….how do you always dig up the coolest stories?!?! This blog is never a “same old, same old” story feed like many others. refreshing, every time. Keep safe, enjoy the clean up.

  4. David B. Benson

    Carl Zimmer — Dug out and fixed up yet? More coming…

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