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The alps

Old Snow Gum. Photo: Mark Antos

Old Snow Gum. Photo: Mark Antos

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Location: The alps

Bogong High Plains. Photo: Mark Antos

Bogong High Plains. Photo: Mark Antos

Photo by: Parks Victoria

Location: The alps

Koala

Koala

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Location: The alps

Alpine Ash sappling. Photo: Mark Antos

Alpine Ash sappling. Photo: Mark Antos

Photo by: Parks Victoria

Location: The alps

 

The alps are characterised by granite and sandstone peaks with rounded mountain tops and plateaus.

The highest mountain areas support a rich mosaic of heathland, grassland and alpine bog communities.

At slightly lower altitudes these ‘treeless islands’ give way to subalpine woodlands comprising small, multi-stemmed, snow gums usually less than 10m tall.

More about the alps

  • A mere 0.5 per cent of Australia is truly ‘treeless’ alpine.
  • Climatic conditions are harsh
  • Typically covered in snow for more than a third of the year
  • Plants and animals have evolved to cope with environmental extremes – low temperatures, high winds, snow cover for long periods and seasonal inundation
  • Many species are found only in the alpine area including several species at risk of extinction, such as the Baw Baw Frog, Alpine Water Skink, Mountain Pygmy-possum and Stirling Stonefly.

Key Threats

Alpine-adapted species are vulnerable to:

  • Climate change impacts such as changes in snow cover, streamflows and frequency of large scale wildfire
  • Weed invasion
  • Grazing by exotic animals and predation by foxes.

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