Reshaping mountains in the human mind to save species facing climate change

18 mayo 2015

People commonly perceive mountains as pyramid-shaped masses that steadily narrow as they slope upward. But researchers mapped the shape of 182 mountain ranges and found they have four principal shapes. Not only are pyramid-shaped mountains in the minority, but most ranges increase in area at higher elevations. Besides reshaping the mountains in our mind’s eye, the findings could lead scientists to reconsider conservation strategies for mountain species threatened by climate change.