Natural Communities of NH -- Photo Guide

Alpine cliff



NOTE:
This community type has been deleted. Alpine cliffs are now considered a part of the montane - subalpine acidic cliff community (and less commonly a part of the montane - alpine circumneutral cliff community).


Alpine cliffs occur in New Hampshire's White Mountains, generally above 4,000 ft. They have a variable species composition depending on moisture, exposure, and calcium levels. Two alpine cliff-restricted species are livelong saxifrage (Saxifraga paniculata ssp. neogaea), and nodding saxifrage (Saxifraga cernua), both very rare in the state.


Climbers ascend a sparsely-vegetated alpine cliff on Cannon Mtn. (photo by Dan Sperduto for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)  Alpine cliff on Franconia Ridge (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

alpine cliff on Bondcliff in the Pemigewasset Wilderness (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
alpine cliff on Bondcliff in the Pemigewasset Wilderness
(photo by Ben Kimball)


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