Bedrock Influences Forests More Than Realized

February 12, 2014 7:21 PM

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Bedrock influences forests and landscape evolution much more than was previously thought, according to a study by Univ. of Wyoming scientists published this week in PNAS.

When investigating factors that influence forest cover in California’s Sierra Nevada, the UW researchers determined that bedrock may be just as important as temperature and moisture in regulating the distribution of vegetation across mountain slopes.

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