Jewel Lichen

Jewel Lichen

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Caption: Jewel Lichen (Caloplaca elegans) using mineral nutrients in Pika (Ochotona princeps) urine for growth; the orange lichen surrounds the white mineral deposit left after the urine evaporates; alpine tundra, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA.

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Keywords: alpine tundra, c. elegans, caloplaca, caloplaca elegans, colorado flora, crustose lichen, fertilizer, jewel lichen, lichen, lichen growth, mineral deposit, ochotona princeps, orange lichen, pika, pika urine, pioneer species, plant succession, primary succession, rock decomposition, soil formation, succession, tundra, urine minerals

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