Global Warming

Global warming changing the ecosystem at top of Mount Fuji

The effects of global warming are enabling seed plants, including an alien species, to take root and spread in the harsh conditions around the summit of Mount Fuji.

Warmer temperatures at the 3,776-meter-high peak have allowed plant roots to survive the coldest months of winter, a long-time observer said, adding that some of the seeds have been carried on the shoes and clothing of hikers.

Previously, only lichens and mosses had been found around the summit of Mount Fuji, and seeds accidentally brought to the peak did not survive and are believed to have died.

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