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Terrestrial Vegetation of California, 3rd Edition$
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Michael Barbour

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249554

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249554.001.0001

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California Soils and Examples of Ultramafic Vegetation

California Soils and Examples of Ultramafic Vegetation

(p.71) THREE California Soils and Examples of Ultramafic Vegetation
Terrestrial Vegetation of California, 3rd Edition

Anthony T. O’Geen

Randy A. Dahlgren

Daniel Sánchez-Mata

University of California Press

The wide variety of geology, vegetation, topography, age of landscapes, and climate in California results in incredible soil diversity. This chapter discusses the diversity of California soils and presents a case study of ultramafic vegetation to illustrate soil–vegetation interaction in major biomes of California. It begins with an overview of the processes that control soil development, in order to provide a context for understanding soil distribution in California, and then summarizes the major soil types in California and their characteristics. The chapter concludes with a summary of general soil–biome relationships in California, and presents problems and opportunities for conservation.

Keywords:   geology, vegetation, topography, landscapes, climate, soil diversity, soils, ultramafic vegetation, soil–biome relationships

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