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Nutrient loss accelerated by clear-cutting of a forest ecosystem

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Abstract

The forest of a small watershed-ecosystem was cut in order to determine the effects of removal of vegetation on nutrient cycles. Relative to undisturbed ecosystems, the cut ecosystem exhibited accelerated loss of nutrients: nitrogen lost during the first year after cutting was equivalent to the amount annually turned over in an undisturbed system, and losses of cations were 3 to 20 times greater than from comparable undisturbed systems. Possible causes of the pattern of nutrient loss from the cut ecosystem are discussed.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Nutrient loss accelerated by clear-cutting of a forest ecosystem
Series title:
Science
Volume
159
Issue:
3817
Year Published:
1968
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Science
First page:
882
Last page:
884
Number of Pages:
3