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Title: Vegetation Mortality in the Kaimai Ranges, North Island, New Zealand
Authors: Jane, G.T.
Green, TGA
Issue Date: Oct-1983
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Jane GT, Green TGA. 1983. Vegetation mortality in the Kaimai Ranges, North Island, New Zealand. Pac Sci 37(4): 385-389.
Abstract: Areas of vegetation mortality have been recognized in the upland
forests of the Kaimai Ranges, North Island, New Zealand. The mortality is not
confined to any particular vegetation type, but occurs above a critical altitude
that differs at different points along the ranges. The mortality is episodic and
has occurred at intervals over a period of several hundred years, with severe
droughts implicated as the causative factor. The numerous mortality events
have resulted in forests of many age classes where trees do not reach potential
maturity. The coincidence between the occurrence of cloud and the mortality
is suggested to make the forests drought-sensitive through poorly developed
root systems caused by prolonged soil waterlogging.
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 37, Number 4, 1983

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