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A fire driven shift from forest to non-forest: evidence for alternative stable states?

Fletcher, Michael-Shawn; Wood, Sam E.; Haberle, Simon

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We test the validity of applying the alternative stable state paradigm to account for the landscape-scale forest/non-forest mosaic that prevails in temperate Tasmania, Australia. This test is based on fine-scale pollen, spore, and charcoal analyses of sediments located within a small patch of non-forest vegetation surrounded by temperate forest. Following nearly 500 years of forest dominance at the site, a catastrophic fire drove an irreversible shift from a forested Cyperaceae-Sphagnum wetland...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/53423
Source: Ecology
DOI: 10.1890/12-1766.1

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