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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-1691-2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-1691-2022
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24 Mar 2022
Research article |  | 24 Mar 2022

Geodiversity and biodiversity on a volcanic island: the role of scattered phonolites for plant diversity and performance

David Kienle, Anna Walentowitz, Leyla Sungur, Alessandro Chiarucci, Severin D. H. Irl, Anke Jentsch, Ole R. Vetaas, Richard Field, and Carl Beierkuhnlein

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Volcanic islands consist mainly of basaltic rocks. Additionally, there are often occurrences of small phonolite rocks differing in color and surface. On La Palma (Canary Islands), phonolites appear to be more suitable for plants than the omnipresent basalts. Therefore, we expected phonolites to be species-rich with larger plant individuals compared to the surrounding basaltic areas. Indeed, as expected, we found more species on phonolites and larger plant individuals in general.
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