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Grassland Dynamics: Long-Term Ecological Research in Tallgrass Prairie

Series: The Long-Term Ecological Research Network Series (LTER)

Edited By: Alan K Knapp, John M Briggs, David C Hartnett and Scott L Collins

364 pages, 2 col plates, 12 b/w photos, 118 figs, tabs

Oxford University Press USA

Hardback | Jul 1998 | #83421 | ISBN: 0195114868
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Focuses on over 15 years of research at the Konza Prairie in North Eastern Kansas and provides a unique perspective on the structural and functional ecology of a grassland ecosystem that once covered most of central North America.

"This well-written, comprehensive review of the pristine tallgrass Konza Prairie in northeastern Kansas not only examines the pattern and control of primary production, organic matter accumulation as well as inorganic mineral input and movement into the soils and ground water, and the spatial and temporal distribution of populations and their disturbance; it also analyzes how feedback mechanisms existing among biotic and abiotic factors ameliorate or exacerbate biotic responses. . . . A valuable resource for students of ecology because it synthesizes many years of research that are being used to develop a baseline of ecosystem dynamics on broad spatial and temporal scales. Undergraduates through professionals."--Choice

"The central theme [of this book] is that prairie is primarily a nonequilibrium system where changes in fire, grazing and climate over the years bring about a switching among limiting factors that alter the diversity, composition and production of the terrestri


I. INTRODUCTION; 1. Grasslands, Konza Prairie and Long-Term Ecological Research; II. PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT; 2. Regional Climate and the Distribution of Tallgrass Prairie; 3. Geomorphology of the Konza Prairie; 4. Soils and Soil Biota; III. TERRESTRIAL POPULATIONS AND COMMUNITIES; 5. The Flora of Konza Prairie: A Historical Review and Contemporary Patterns; 6. Plant Populations: Patterns and Processes; 7. Diversity of Terrestrial Macrofauna; 8. Animal Populations and Communities; 9. Disturbance, Diversity and Species Interactions in Tallgrass Prairie; IV. HYDROLOGY AND AQUATIC ECOLOGY; 10. Hydrology and Aquatic Chemistry; 11. Structure and Dynamics of Aquatic Communities; V. ECOSYSTEM AND LANDSCAPE-LEVEL ANALYSIS; 12. Patterns and Controls of Aboveground Net Primary Production in Tallgrass Prairie; 13. Terrestrial Nutrient Cycling in Tallgrass Prairie; 14. Belowground Biology and Processes; 15. A Landscape Perspective of Patterns and Processes in Tallgrass Prairie; VI. TOWARD THE FUTURE; 16. Climate Change Elevated CO2 and Predictive Modeling: Past and Future Climate Change Scenarios for the Tallgrass Prairie; 17. The Dynamic Tallgrass Prairie: Synthesis and Research Opportunities

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