Glacial relict

A glacial relict is a population of a cold-adapted species that has been left behind as the range of the species changed after an ice age ended. Glacial relicts are usually found in enclaves "under relatively benign conditions".[1]


  • The biogeography of various aquatic species deemed glacial relicts that are found in Lake Sommen is likely related to a different geography during the early history of the lake. One theory claims that aquatic species were transferred from the Baltic Ice Lake through a natural lock system in connection with a temporary advance of the ice-front during the Younger Dryas.[2] On land, the unusual occurrence of dwarf birch near Sund is also judged to be a leftover from a cold geological past.[3]

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  1. ^ Jiménez-Alfaro, Borja; García-Calvo, Laura; García, Pedro; Acebes, José Luis (2016). "Anticipating extinctions of glacial relict populations in mountain refugia". Biological Conservation. 201: 243–251. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2016.07.015.
  2. ^ Kinsten, Björn (2010). De glacialrelikta kräftdjurens utbredning i södra Sverige (Götaland och Svealand) (PDF) (Report) (in Swedish). Länsstyrelsen Blekinge län. pp. 1–19. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  3. ^ Hellgren, George (1960). "Något om växtligheten i Ydre". In Filén, Thure (ed.). Ydre-Boken (in Swedish). Linköping. pp. 86–91.