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Alpine Fell field (Fellfield)

"The freeze-thaw cycles tend to push plants out of the soil. In addition, the high porosity of the soil makes a fellfield a difficult place for plants to grow. Fellfields often have typical patterns of rocks: lines of rocks that have been pushed out of the soil, and slid into a low region.

 

Fellfields are typically populated by cushion plants: perennials that grow close to the ground. Cushion plants are well-adapted to the dryness and short growing season of a fellfield. Cushion plants often have hairy foliage and long taproots, to gather and retain moisture. Examples of cushion plants include the lupines and buckwheats"

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fellfield

 

Seen hiking up to First Burroughs Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park

 

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Taken on August 4, 2012