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Edaphic and Vegetational Zoning on the Carboniferous Limestone of the Derbyshire Dales

O. E. Balme
Journal of Ecology
Vol. 41, No. 2 (Aug., 1953), pp. 331-344
DOI: 10.2307/2257045
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2257045
Page Count: 14
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Edaphic and Vegetational Zoning on the Carboniferous Limestone of the Derbyshire Dales
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Abstract

1. The vegetation and soil types found on the Derbyshire limestone have been described in terms of the catena concept. 2. A sequence of plant associations from open calcareous grassland to moorland and of soil types from rendzina to podsol was recognized. 3. The catena is interpreted as a succession resulting from differential rates of stabilization and leaching. 4. The distribution of indicator species in relation to edaphic conditions and its bearing on the calcicole-calcifuge problem is discussed in the light of some preliminary experiments and analyses.

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