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Missouri Ozark forest soils: perspectives and realitiesAuthor(s): R. David Hammer
Source: In: Brookshire, Brian L. Shifley, Stephen R., eds. Proceedings of the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project Symposium: an experimental approach to landscape research; 1997 June 3-5; St. Louis, MO. General Technical Report NC-193. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station: 106-121.
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DescriptionOzark forest soils are dynamic in space and time, and most formed in multiple parent materials. Erosion and mass movement have been variable and extensive. Soil attributes including texture, cation exchange capacity, and mineralogy are related to geologic strata and to geomorphic conditions. Soil organic carbon content is influenced by surface shape, position in landscape, and aspect. Phosphorus is universally low, and most P is occluded. Many soil attributes are distributed in patterns related to topographic, geologic, and geomorphic features, but the patterns often are masked by site-specific variability such as tree throw, micro-relief, and slumps. Generalizations about Ozark soil landscapes must be given cautiously and are most meaningful in the context of attribute ranges rather than means.
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CitationHammer, R. David. 1997. Missouri Ozark forest soils: perspectives and realities. In: Brookshire, Brian L. Shifley, Stephen R., eds. Proceedings of the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project Symposium: an experimental approach to landscape research; 1997 June 3-5; St. Louis, MO. General Technical Report NC-193. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station: 106-121.
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