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Title: Geobotanical atlas of the Prudhoe Bay region, Alaska
Authors: Ohio State University. Institute of Polar Studies.
University of Colorado, Boulder. Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research.
International Biological Programme. Tundra Biome.
Walker, D. A. (Donald A.)
Everett, K. R.
Webber, Patrick J.
Brown, Jerry, 1936-
Keywords: Botany
Prudhoe Bay, Alaska
Frozen ground
Frozen soils
Arctic regions
Arctic Coast, Alaska
Oil fields
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: CRREL report ; 80-14.
Description: CRREL Report
Abstract: This atlas illustrates the interrelationships among the landforms, soils and vegetation of a portion of the Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska. The Prudhoe Bay region is dominated by an alkaline peaty coastal tundra, a type that has not been intensively studied. Forty-two vegetation communities, thirteen major landforms, and eight soil types are described. Several of the plant communities and one soil, the Pergelic Cryoboroll, have not been described previously. The vegetation is discussed with respect to three important gradients: temperature, soil pH and soil moisture. Other aspects of the Prudhoe Bay environment, including geology, permafrost, and winter and summer climate, are discussed and illustrated. Also included are historical descriptions of the development of the oilfield and of selected scientific investigations in the Alaskan Arctic. Master maps present the landforms, soils and vegetation of a 145-km^2 portion of the oilfield road network at a scale of 1:12,000. Derived geobotanical special purpose maps, useful for land-use planning and management of the ecosystem, are explained and several examples are shown for a 3.6-km^2 portion of the oilfield. NOTE: This file is very large. Please allow your browser several minutes to download the file, as it will take at least that long.
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