Vegetation and soil patterns on Chihuahuan Desert bajada

TitleVegetation and soil patterns on Chihuahuan Desert bajada
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication1977
AuthorsStein RA
Number of Pages67
Date Published1977
UniversityNew Mexico State University
CityLas Cruces, New Mexico
Thesis TypeM.S. Thesispp
Call Number00317
Keywordsbiogeochemistry,soil patterns, dissertation, dissertations, soil geomorphology, soil patterns, soil, nitrogen, theses, thesis, transect,soil patterns, transect,vegetation patterns
AbstractVegetation an soils were sampled along a 1100 meter transect on a bajada in southern New Mexico in an effort to determine if present vegetation patterns are reflected in the soil.... It is thought that a hundred years ago this area was a grassland covered predominantly by Bouteloua sp. with scattered shrubs. present vegetational patterns are very different and this may be due to disturbance by grazing, which decrease the grass cover and opened areas to shrubs. In present Larrea tridentata areas, data for nitrogen and organic carbon indicate a significant deterioration of the original soils. It was observed on the study site that soil erosion was more extensive in the Larrea tridentata community than in the grassland communities.