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Forest Ecology of Ice Storms

Paul C. Lemon
Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club
Vol. 88, No. 1 (Jan. - Feb., 1961), pp. 21-29
Published by: Torrey Botanical Society
DOI: 10.2307/2482410
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2482410
Page Count: 9
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Forest Ecology of Ice Storms
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Abstract

Glaze storms of destructive intensity, caused by certain frontal conditions, visit northern and eastern parts of the United States periodically; ice thickness occasionally exceeds 2 in. Resistance to glaze breakage is a complex matter, not simply related to one factor such as green wood strength, crown pattern, taxonomic group, exposure, and nature of the stand. The more resistant tree species are some of the dominants of climax forest communities. Several of the more susceptible species belong to early stages in succession, causing a slight acceleration of the rate of succession. A plea is made for improved and standardized glaze observations.

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