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  •  As a kid... (2+ / 0-)
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    Youffraita, Polly Syllabic

    every couple of years my family would make a trek up to my Aunt Olive's place in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. From what I remember, you sort of notice a difference when you cross the Wisconsin River, then another when you cross the Mississippi River,  then another when you hit North West Minnesota's lake country.

    No one knows what it's like, To be the bad man, To be the sad man, behind blue eyes....

    by blueyedace2 on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 08:03:07 PM PST

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      There's a general east-west gradation across the northern half of Minnesota due to us having 3 biomes:  boreal forest, northern hardwoods, tallgrass prairie.  Of course, the lines aren't clean and development and agriculture muddy them a little.  Some people consider the aspen parklands of northwest Minnesota to be a fourth biome.  

      For us, global warming is so scary because the effects are most pronounced at the edges of biomes, so Minnesota could see huge changes as the southern edges of biomes recede northward while the biomes to the south don't necessarily replace them in an "orderly" fashion.  The result:  wildfires, invasive species problems, extirpation of sensitive plant and animal species from parts of their ranges, wetland loss, etc.  

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      by Mark Mywurtz on Sat Nov 24, 2012 at 06:48:56 AM PST

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