Lichens

Lichen growth on quartzite rock
Lichen growth on quartzite rock

NPS Photo

Lichens are an important part of the prairie ecosystem at Pipestone National Monument. These plant/fungi organisms slowly break down rocks to mineral components to create a primitive soil over long periods of time.

It takes a century for Lichens to spread an inch or less on rocks.

Last updated: June 13, 2017

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