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Yellow map Lichen

Rhizocarpon geographicum

Habitat:

Taiga or areas newly exposed from glacial movements.

Notes:

Used lichen diameter measurement to estimate timeframe of glacial recession as lichens have a fairly regular growth pattern in terms of establishment and time to expand

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3 Comments

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Thanks for the additional information :-)

elaurynharper
elaurynharper 8 years ago

This was not my research project, but one that I did grunt work for as an undergraduate. I never got his results before graduating, but they grow at a rate of ~.5mm per year. This lichen here is about 3cm across. We took measurements of hundreds of round lichens in the area. He made some conclusions based on averages of those numbers. As far as I know, his work is still ongoing!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

So what was the rate of recession here?

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