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Colorado high peaks losing glaciers as climate warms

Researchers with equipment on mountain at NSF's Niwot Ridge LTER site.

Researchers brave extreme conditions to track snowfall at NSF's Niwot Ridge LTER site.

Credit: NSF Niwot Ridge LTER site, John Marr collection


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cover of publicationplant ecology and diversity

Scientists have published new results on mountain plants and the glacial waters that sustain them.

Credit: NSF Niwot Ridge LTER Site and the journal Plant Ecology and Diversity


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The Colorado Front Range viewed from the Niwot Ridge LTER site.

The Colorado Front Range viewed from the Niwot Ridge LTER site.

Credit: Jeff Mitton


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Arikaree Peak and its glacier and flowers

Arikaree Peak and its glacier are toward the left in this photo of the Continental Divide.

Credit: Bill Bowman


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Mountains serve as "water towers," releasing important water resources in the form of snowmelt.

Credit: NSF Niwot Ridge LTER site


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Scientists collect water samples during snowmelt season at the Saddle site at Niwot Ridge.

Scientists collect water samples during snowmelt season at the Saddle site at Niwot Ridge.

Credit: Stephen Schmidt


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