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Landforms, Geology, and Soils of the MOFEP Study Area

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Meinert, Dennis; Nigh, Tim; Kabrick, John

Year Published

1997

Publication

In: Brookshire, Brian L. Shifley, Stephen R., eds. Proceedings of the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project Symposium: an experimental approach to landscape research; 1997 June 3-5; St. Louis, MO. General Technical Report NC-193. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station: 56-68.

Abstract

We summarize important landform, geological, and soil characteristics that affect the distribution of plants and animals at the MOFEP sites and that can potentially affect the observed response to MOFEP experimental treatments. The Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project (MOFEP) is located within the Current River Hills Subsection of the Ozark Highlands Section. The Ozark Highlands is an assemblage of nearly level to deeply dissected plateaus comprised primarily of Ordovician dolomites or sandstones. Soils are formed primarily in loess, hillslope sediments, and/ or residuum. Natural vegetation consists of oak-hickory and oak-pine forests and woodlands, oak savanna, bluestem prairie, and glades. The Current River Hills Subsection encompasses moderately rolling to steeply dissected hills; oak-hickory and oak-pine forests are common. MOFEP occurs in the Current-Black River Breaks (Breaks) and Current-Eleven Point Hills (Hills) Landtype Associations (LTA's). The Breaks LTA has greater relief, more geological strata, greater variety of soils, and more mesic vegetation and glade-savanna complexes than the Hills LTA. Detailed landform, geology, and soil information for each LTA provides a means for (1) interpreting vegetation differences, (2) identifying potential treatment response differences among MOFEP sites, and (3) refining ecologicallandtype definitions applied during MOFEP initiation.

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Meinert, Dennis; Nigh, Tim; Kabrick, John. 1997. Landforms, Geology, and Soils of the MOFEP Study Area. In: Brookshire, Brian L. Shifley, Stephen R., eds. Proceedings of the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project Symposium: an experimental approach to landscape research; 1997 June 3-5; St. Louis, MO. General Technical Report NC-193. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station: 56-68.

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