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FIRE, WIND, AND WATER

Daniel B. Botkin

in Beyond the Stony Mountains

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780195162431
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790043 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162431.003.0006
 FIRE, WIND, AND WATER

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This chapter narrates Lewis and Clark's observations as they crossed two ecological boundaries, one wet and one dry. They reached the mouth of the Platte River, one of the Missouri's major tributaries. They also reached the loess hills, a strange formation unlike anything they had seen before and rare on Earth. The importance of wildfires in maintaining the loess hill prairies, erosion of the loess hills, Lewis and Clark's travels along the Platte River, and the unchannelized Missouri River are discussed.

Keywords: Platte River; loess hills; Missouri River; wildfires; erosion; river channel

Chapter.  7685 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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