The Influence of Stream Channels on Distributions of Larrea tridenta and Ambrosia dumosa in the Mojave Desert, CA, USA: Patterns, Mechanisms and Effects of Stream Redistribution
Drainage channels are among the most conspicuous surficial features of deserts, but little quantitative analysis of their influence on plant distributions is available. We analyzed the effects of desert stream channels (‘washes’) on Larrea tridentata and Ambrosia dumosa density and cover on an alluvial piedmont in the Mojave Desert, based on a spatial analysis of transect data encompassing a total length of 2775 m surveyed in 5 cm increments.
Schwinning, S., D.R. Sandquist, D.M. Miller, D.R. Bedford, S.L. Philips, and J. Belnap. 2010. The influence of stream channels on distributions of Larrea tridenta and Ambrosia dumosa in the Mojave Desert, CA, USA: Patterns, mechanisms and effects of stream redistribution. Ecohydrology(2010).
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