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The role of hydrological transience in peatland pattern formation

Morris, P. J., Baird, A. J. and Belyea, L. R. (2013) The role of hydrological transience in peatland pattern formation. Earth Surface Dynamics, 1 (1). pp. 31-66. ISSN 2196-6338

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To link to this item DOI: 10.5194/esurfd-1-31-2013

Abstract/Summary

The sloping flanks of peatlands are commonly patterned with non-random, contour-parallel stripes of distinct microhabitats such as hummocks, lawns and hollows. Patterning seems to be governed by feedbacks among peatland hydrological processes, plant micro-succession, plant litter production and peat decomposition. An improved understanding of peatland patterning may provide important insights into broader aspects of the long-term development of peatlands and their likely response to future climate change.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Earth Systems Science
Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Geography and Environmental Science
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Soil Research Centre
ID Code:32951
Publisher:Copernicus Publications

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