Document


Title

Scarp woodlands, transported grassland soils, and concept of grassland climate in the Great Plains region
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): P. V. Wells
Publication Year: 1965

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • Abies spp.
  • Bouteloua
  • Canada
  • distribution
  • droughts
  • fire injuries (plants)
  • firebreaks
  • grass fires
  • grasslands
  • Great Plains
  • ground cover
  • human caused fires
  • Kansas
  • Larix
  • New Mexico
  • Picea
  • Pinus
  • pollen
  • Populus
  • precipitation
  • Quercus
  • regeneration
  • sloping terrain
  • soils
  • Texas
  • topography
  • Tsuga
  • wildfires
  • wind
  • woody plants
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 38649
Tall Timbers Record Number: 13259
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File DDW
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

This bibliographic record was either created or modified by the Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy and is provided without charge to promote research and education in Fire Ecology. The E.V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database is the intellectual property of the Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.

Description

Nonriparian woodlands occur on escarpments and other topographic break throughout the grassland province of central North America. Grassland vegetation is mainly correlated with gently sloping or flat terrain mantled by deep, transported soils of Pleistocene or younger age. Paleobotanical evidence suggests that extensive treeless grasslands may be a relatively recent development on the plains. Interaction of topography, wind, and fire may partly account for the observed distribution of vegetation.

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Citation:
Wells, P. V. 1965. Scarp woodlands, transported grassland soils, and concept of grassland climate in the Great Plains region. Science, v. 148, p. 246-249.