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A descriptive ecology of the vegetation in the lower Gordon River basin, Tasmania

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Jarman, SJ and Crowden, RK and Brown, MJ (1982) A descriptive ecology of the vegetation in the lower Gordon River basin, Tasmania. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 116. pp. 165-177. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

The vegetation of the Lower Gordon Ri vel' Basin consists of rainforest, sclerophyll forest, scrub and sedgeland-heath, each of which is composed of a nWllber of plant conununi ties forming an intricate mosaic. Field studies conducted over three sununer seasons suggest that differential fire regimes are the primary determinants of the composition, structure and distribution of the major vegetation types. Climatic, topographic and edaphic factors play a relatively minor role except through their interaction with the fire regime. The observed patterns and processes in the major vegetation types can be interpreted readily in terms of vegetation succession and ecological drift, but the ubiquity of diffuse ecotones argues against the occurrence of stable fire cycles.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 165-177
ISSN: 0080-4703
Additional Information: Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 25 May 2012 04:41
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:36
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/14062
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