(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

Ecotone characteristics of a southern Appalachian Mountain wetland

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

STINE M.B. (1) ; RESLER L.M. (1) ; CAMPBELL J.B. (1) ;
(1) Dep. of Geography, Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg, ETATS-UNIS


Tree establishment patterns were analyzed in regard to location within the ecotone, hummock/hollow topography, and soil conditions by recording the growing conditions of 1389 trees located within 9 transects in the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area. The results indicated that tree growth within the ecotone occurred in decreasing density from the forest to the meadow interior, and much of the tree establishment occurred in tree islands. Significantly more trees (92%) were also found on hummocks than hollows (8%), likely in response to the greater distance from the water table that the hummocks provide. Most soil properties did not vary significantly across the ecotone or in association with topography. These results add to the minimal literature on southern peatlands and may assist in peatland restoration and conservation efforts


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2011, vol. 86, no1 [pp. 57-65]

Bibliographic references : 72 ref.

Collation : 9 fig., 1 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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