I’ll get the ball rolling on this one. Here are three of my favorite bits from Lesson 9, Mountain Biodiversity and Adaptations of Plants:
- Banff Springs snail — and more generally, the idea of endemic species and hotspots of rare biodiversity.
- Nunataks: Mountains peaks protruding from an ice field, that may serve a fertile ground for life to subsist in harsh, harsh climates — and what happens from an evolutionary standpoint when isolated peaks are connected when the ice melts (reverse allopatric speciation? evolutionary convergence, if you will?).
- Espeletia schultzii — and hairy plants in general