Thursday, August 18, 2011

The World’s Most Beautiful Heathland

What is a heathland? Well, a heath or heathland is a dwarf-shrub habitat found on mainly low quality acidic soils, characterized by open, low growing woody vegetation. Heathlands are widespread worldwide. A heathland is also called shrubland.

Here are the most beautiful heaths or heathlands in the world.

1.) Alpine Heathland

The captivating Alpine Heathland is located at High Shelf Camp near Mount Anne, a mountain in the Southwest National Park in Tasmania, Australia. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Tasmanian wilderness.

In addition, Mount Anne is Tasmania’s 19th highest mountain and the highest in south-west Tasmania.

2.) Luneburg Heath

Luneburg Heat is another beauty to behold. It is an anthropogenic heath located in northeastern part of the state of Lower Saxony in northern Germany. It is called Lüneburger Heide in German. It is also called Lunenburg Heath.

3.) Woodbury Heath

The beautiful Woodbury Heath is a heathland located in Woodbury Common, Devon in the United Kingdom. The site is dominated by purple flowers of Calluna vulgaris and yellow flowers of Ulex gallii.

4.) Fynbos Heathland

The attractive Fynbos Heathland is located in South Africa. This natural heathland or shrubland vegetation is in a small belt of the Western Cape of South Africa.

5.) Chaparral Shrubland

Chaparral Shrubland is located in Chaparral, Santa Ynez Mountains, near Santa Barbara, California, USA. This heathland is shaped by a Mediterranean climate and wildfire. Chaparral covers 5% of the state of California.

6.) Stirling Range

The Stirling Range or Koikyennuruff is a range of mountains and hills in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. The area is the location of a heath landscape.

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