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Researchers said Friday they have found at the summit of Mount Fuji grass and other seed plants that used to be unable to grow there, probably because the permafrost is ebbing due to rising temperatures.

The 3,776-meter summit could only grow moss about 20 years ago, but Takehiro Masuzawa, a Shizuoka University professor on plant physiological ecology, and his team recently found plants usually seen at an altitude of about 2,500 meters growing there.

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