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Isolated Mountain Forests in Central Asian Deserts: A Case Study from the Govi Altay, Mongolia
The role of isolated mountain forests in Central Asian drylands has been the subject of a number of recent studies. The present paper examines islands of birch and willow forest in the Mongolian Govi Altay Mountains. Using vegetation surveys, dendrochronological studies and charcoal findings, it is attempted to assess the present-day ecological state of the vegetation as well as the environmental history and ecological trends. One of the three forests studied seems to be expanding rapidly duedoi:10.1007/3-540-27365-4_11 fatcat:gozg6jxypbb2vkfj26ptok5dyq