Unique Mosses Spur Conservation, Ecotourism in Chile

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: November 14, 2006   View Article

A biosphere reserve on the southern tip of South America owes its existence, in part, to the diversity of mosses found there.

The Cape Horn Archipelago, a chain of wind-battered islands in the southernmost reaches of Chile, contains only a few tree species but a bounty of rare and unique mosses, according to William Buck, the curator of bryophytes at the New York Botanical Garden.

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