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Vegetation and substrate on aeolian landscapes in the Colorado River corridor, Cataract Canyon, Utah

Open-File Report 2010-1273

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Abstract

Vegetation and substrate data presented in this report characterize ground cover on aeolian landscapes of the Colorado River corridor through Cataract Canyon, Utah, in Canyonlands National Park. The 27-km-long Cataract Canyon reach has undergone less anthropogenic alteration than other reaches of the mainstem Colorado River. Characterizing ecosystem parameters there provides a basis against which to evaluate future changes, such as those that could result from the further spread of nonnative plant species or increased visitor use. Upstream dams have less effect on the hydrology and sediment supply in Cataract Canyon compared with downstream reaches in Grand Canyon National Park. For this reason, comparison of these vegetation and substrate measurements with similar data from aeolian landscapes of Grand Canyon will help to resolve the effects of Glen Canyon Dam operations on the Colorado River corridor ecosystem.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Vegetation and substrate on aeolian landscapes in the Colorado River corridor, Cataract Canyon, Utah
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2010-1273
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2010
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description:
iv, 21 p.; Tables; Downloads: Spreadsheet of Tables 1-14
Online Only (Y/N):
Y
Additional Online Files(Y/N):
Y