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In this article, the authors quantified and assessed the global protection of elevational gradients by analyzing the elevational distribution of over 40,000 protected areas in over 1,000 mountain ranges. They found the protection of elevational gradients to be generally well below optimal and uneven between continents. The authors therefore suggest strategic planning of protected areas to better cover and connect elevational gradients.
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Elsen P.R., Monahan W.B., and Merenlender A.M. (2018). Global patterns of protection of elevational gradients in mountain ranges.