After the fires: the ecology of change in Yellowstone by Linda L. Wallace

By Linda L. Wallace

The ravaging fires in Yellowstone nationwide Park in 1988 prompted grave problem between scientists in regards to the attainable brief- and longterm repercussions. This e-book presents the 1st accomplished medical precis of the particular reaction of the Yellowstone surroundings to the fires. Written via specialists in natural world biology, surroundings technology, panorama ecology, and wooded area technology, the publication indicates not just that many stuff replaced after the fires (for ecological elements of the process are interactive) but additionally that a few issues didn't swap. the biggest results of the fires have been felt on the smallest scales, and the long term devastation envisioned didn't come to go. The resilience of this certainly functioning surroundings to those large fires has vital classes for seriously controlled areas.

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Wright. . Late Quaternary vegetational changes on the east side of Yellowstone Park, Wyoming. Quat. Res. : –. 27 28 Millspaugh, Whitlock, and Bartlein Whitlock, C. . Postglacial vegetation and climate of Grand Teton and southern Yellowstone National Parks. Ecol. Monogr. : –. , and P. J. Bartlein. . Spatial variations of Holocene climatic change in the Yellowstone region. Quat. Res. :–. , P. J. Bartlein, and K. J. Van Norman. . Stability of Holocene climate regimes in the Yellowstone region.

Zielinski, and M. S. Germani. . Mount Mazama eruption: Calendric age verified and atmospheric impact assessment. Geology :–. Chapter 3 Yellowstone Fires and the Physical Landscape Grant A. Meyer Extensive severe fires like those of  in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem clearly have major ecological significance via changes in age structure and composition of vegetation, but their impacts on the physical landscape can be equally profound. Both transient and persistent alterations of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems may result from postfire geomorphic processes.

Meyer and others ). The recurrence interval of  –  years is quite similar to the late-Holocene fire frequency of –  fires per  years inferred from the Cygnet Lake charcoal record in lodgepole pine forest at  m elevation on the Central Plateau (Millspaugh and others ). Slough Creek Lake lies in northeastern Yellowstone, but in low-elevation ( m) sagebrush grasslands (Fig. ; see also Chapter ). In the Slough Creek Lake charcoal record, fire frequencies of approximately – events/ yr over the past  years are considerably greater than the frequency of fire-related sedimentation in higher-elevation basins nearby.

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