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    Author(s): Raymond D. Ratliff
    Date: 1973
    Source: Res. Note PSW-RN-281. Berkeley, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 4 p
    Publication Series: Research Note (RN)
    Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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    Description

    Bands of shorthair meadow are found around lakes in the high Sierra Nevada of California. A hypothesis, based on observations in the Kings Canyon National Park, to explain the development of these meadows is offered: Boulders form the foundation upon which American-laurel, Sierra bilberry, and moss combine to produce thick mats. The lower layers of the mats are gradually converted to acid bog or mucksoil, which becomes in effect the C horizon of soil supporting the shorthair meadow type. Herbaceous plants change the upper layers and, thereby, produce an A horizon and a succession leading to a shorthair climax.

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    Ratliff, Raymond D. 1973. Shorthair meadows in the high Sierra Nevada...an hypothesis of their development. Res. Note PSW-RN-281. Berkeley, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 4 p

    Keywords

    mountain meadows, meadow development, soil horizons, Calamagrostis breweri, Sphagnum, Kings Canyon National Park, Charlotte Lake Meadow

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