Floods, flood control, and bottomland vegetation

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Abstract

Bottomland plant communities are typically dominated by the effects of floods. Floods create the surfaces on which plants become established, transport seeds and nutrients, and remove establish plants. Floods provide a moisture subsidy that allows development of bottomland forests in arid regions and produce anoxic soils, which can control bottomland plant distribution in humid regions. Repeated flooding produces a mosaic of patches of different age, sediment texture, and inundation duration; this mosaic fosters high species richness.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Floods, flood control, and bottomland vegetation
Year Published 2000
Language English
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center
Description 19 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Inland flood hazards: human, riparian and aquatic communities
First page 219
Last page 237
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N