Loss of palsa mires in Europe and biological consequences

  title={Loss of palsa mires in Europe and biological consequences},
  author={Miska Luoto and Risto K. Heikkinen and Timothy R. Carter},
  journal={Environmental Conservation},
  pages={30 - 37}
Palsa mires are northern mire complexes with permanently frozen peat hummocks. These are degrading throughout their distribution range, probably because of regional climatic warming. This review of the current understanding of the geographical, climatic and biological characteristics of palsa mires focuses on Europe. Recent studies have reported a drastic decrease in the extent of palsa mires in Fennoscandia; in Finland, the distribution of palsas was formerly about three times that at present… Expand
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