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    Author(s): Richard S. Driscoll; Jack N. Reppert; Robert C. Heller
    Date: 1974
    Source: Journal of Range Management. 27(1): 66-70.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Image density differences in color infrared aerial photos can be used to discriminate individual shrub and tree species of a pinyon pine-juniper plant community. In addition, image density was used successfully to identify six general plant communities: ponderosa pine, spruce-fir, aspen, big sagebrush, native grasslands, and seeded grasslands. However, different sites and cultural treatments within native grasslands and ponderosa pine forest could not be so easily discriminated, even though visual differences were apparent in the photos.

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    Driscoll, Richard S.; Reppert, Jack N.; Heller, Robert C. 1974. Microdensitometry to identify plant communities and components on color infrared aerial photos. Journal of Range Management. 27(1): 66-70.


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    forest communities, photographs, forest soils, coniferous forests, woodland grasslands, grassland soils, optical density, mesas, soil density

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