Atmospheric Processes Affecting the Climate of the Great Basin

  • G. M. Hidy
  • H. E. Klieforth
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 80)


The Great Basin flora has experienced huge variations in climate and in soil in the course of its history. Today it is exposed to one of the most extreme and variable climates on earth. This chapter deals with the factors that affect present day climate of the Basin and Range, with emphasis on the climates of montane and sub-alpine forest regions that are home to some of the oldest living plants, the bristlecone pines, as well as economically important species. The chapter also deals with the difficulties of evaluating climatic interactions and measurement in such a topographically diverse environment. It also presents a preliminary assessment of research dealing with the local and remote impacts of modern man upon air quality and visibility, one of the more controversial and less tangible aspects of environmental change in the desert.


Cloud Cover Great Basin Atmospheric Process Dust Devil Pyramid Lake 
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