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Climate Change Transforming Alaska's Landscape -- Ancient Lakes And Wetlands Being Replaced By Forest

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September 28, 2005
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Lakes and wetlands in the Kenai Peninsula of south-central Alaska are drying at a significant rate. The shift seems to be driven by climate change, and could endanger waterfowl habitats and hasten the spread of wildfires. In a paper in the August 2005 issue of the NRC Research Press' Canadian Journal of Forest Research, Eric Klein and his colleagues document a significant landscape shift from wetlands to woodland and forest in the Kenai Peninsula Lowlands.

A bear roams the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
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Ottawa, September 28, 2005 -- Lakes and wetlands in the Kenai Peninsula of south-central Alaska are drying at a significant rate. The shift seems to be driven by climate change, and could endanger waterfowl habitats and hasten the spread of wildfires.


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National Research Council of Canada. (2005, September 28). Climate Change Transforming Alaska's Landscape -- Ancient Lakes And Wetlands Being Replaced By Forest. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 20, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/09/050928075320.htm
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