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California Soils and Examples of Ultramafic Vegetation

Anthony T. O’Geen, Randy A. Dahlgren and Daniel Sánchez-Mata

in Terrestrial Vegetation of California, 3rd Edition

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249554
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933361 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249554.003.0003
California Soils and Examples of Ultramafic Vegetation

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The wide variety of geology, vegetation, topography, age of landscapes, and climate in California results in incredible soil diversity. This chapter discusses the diversity of California soils and presents a case study of ultramafic vegetation to illustrate soil–vegetation interaction in major biomes of California. It begins with an overview of the processes that control soil development, in order to provide a context for understanding soil distribution in California, and then summarizes the major soil types in California and their characteristics. The chapter concludes with a summary of general soil–biome relationships in California, and presents problems and opportunities for conservation.

Keywords: geology; vegetation; topography; landscapes; climate; soil diversity; soils; ultramafic vegetation; soil–biome relationships

Chapter.  25209 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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