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Soils and landforms of the Sangre de Cristo Range and eastern San Luis Valley: pre-meeting field tour




Shortgrass Steppe Long Term Ecological Research (SGS-LTER), author

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Pre-meeting field tour includes sections: Road log, Colorado Springs - San Luis Valley; Bioclimatic- and litho- sequences; Irrigation water quality: Alamosa River Basin; Great Sand Dunes National Monument; Road log, Mosca - South Park; South Park fen.


The SGS-LTER research site was established in 1980 by researchers at Colorado State University as part of a network of long-term research sites within the US LTER Network, supported by the National Science Foundation. Scientists within the Natural Resource Ecology Lab, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, and Biology Department at CSU, California State Fullerton, USDA Agricultural Research Service, University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Wyoming, among others, have contributed to our understanding of the structure and functions of the shortgrass steppe and other diverse ecosystems across the network while maintaining a common mission and sharing expertise, data and infrastructure.

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shortgrass steppe
long term ecological research
grassland ecology
Central Plains Experimental Range
Pawnee National Grassland


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