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Mires in Lesotho
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Ecological Botany.
1995 (English)In: Gunneria, ISSN 0332-8554, Vol. 70, 243-250 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Soligenous mires are common at high altitudes in the mountains of Lesotho, southern Africa. The flora and vegetation are distinctive and the mires form ecosystems not found elsewhere. Peat is formed mainly from the roots of vascular plants and is generally shallow. Bryophytes play a subordinate role in the vegetation. Flarks and thufur occur at the highest altitudes. The mires are heavily grazed and are rapidly being destroyed, particularly through gullying caused by intense grazing upslope from the sites. A project to export water to South Africa is now being put into effect. This will severely affect the mires through inundation of sites and increased pressure on remaining land. The new infrastructure in these areas also causes destruction. An appeal is made for international pressure to save the remaining mires in Lesotho.

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1995. Vol. 70, 243-250 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-199424OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-199424DiVA: diva2:619524
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