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Dead, decomposing lichens form the paltry substrate that enables everything else to get established.
Reindeer graze on lichen, polar bears prowl the coastlines, and great whales swim in the offshore waters.
Some species of insects, lichens and fungi are found only in old-growth forests.
In swaths of mountainous forest in southern British Columbia, loggers have long destroyed old growth trees that harbor the tree lichen woodland caribou subsist on.
There were no reindeer, whales, polar bears, or lichen.
Near the river, a large Garry Oak tree is swathed in fringes of lime-green lichen.
Not all tardigrades dwell in water; some species live in moss and lichens on trees.
Their nests are the size of half a walnut, and are made of plant down, lichen and moss, all weaved together with spider web.
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First Known Use: circa 1657See Words from the same year
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