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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

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

Anthony T. O’Geen

Randy A. Dahlgren

Daniel Sánchez-Mata

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520249554.003.0003

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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