Why is Glacier Bay in Alaska an important site for studying succession?

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In the past 200 years, glaciers have retreated approximately 100 km, exposing extensive tracts of barren glacial sediments to colonization.

In the past 200 years, glaciers have expanded approximately 100 km into the bay, systematically covering once-rich forest.

This area has remained unchanged for the past millennium, giving researchers an undisturbed natural environment in which to conduct experimentation.

Experiments have been conducted in this region by selectively removing areas of the native habitat to observe how recolonization occurs.

 

asked Jan 3, 2013 in Biology by anonymous
    

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In the past 200 years, glaciers have retreated approximately 100 km, exposing extensive tracts of barren glacial sediments to colonization.

 

answered Jan 3, 2013 by Ytwsa ~Expert~ (1,092 points)

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