13,000 Korean fir native to Hallasan Mountain in Jeju Island died

연합뉴스 / 2022-01-12 08:00:56
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▲ This photo, provided by the National Institute of Forest Science, shows the dying Korean fir. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)



JEJU, Jan. 12 (Yonhap) -- About 13,000 Korean fir (scientific name Abies koreana E.H. Wilson) native to Hallasan Mountain in Jeju Island, is estimated to have died over the past four years from 2017 to last year, the World Heritage Office of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province announced on Wednesday.

The World Heritage Office said that as a part of the rock wall southwest of Baengnokdam (about 200m) Pond, located at the top of the mountain, collapsed, the trees growing in the area died and In two other regions, these trees also died for unknown reasons.

The area where the trees are distributed also decreased by 32ha from 638ha in 2017 to 606ha last year.

The heritage office estimates that the fir trees in Mt. Hallasan gradually die due to complex factors such as climate change.

In a survey last year, 294,431 firs in Mt. Hallasan with a height of more than 1m were found to be distributed.

The trees are most widely distributed in the range of 1501 to 1,600m above sea level.

The number of distributions by altitude is 1,901 to 1,950m 5,536 trees, 1,801 to 1,900m 12,37 trees, 1,701 to 1,800m 3,874 trees, 1,601 to 1,700m 108,128 trees, 1,401 to 1,600m 108,128 trees, 1,401 to 1,19,000m,1,500m 2,500m, 1,901 to 1,800m, 1,800m,19,000 trees.

The Korean fir is a small to medium-sized evergreen coniferous tree, native to the higher mountains of South Korea, including Jeju Island.



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